How to disable/turn off or stop Windows 10 automatic updates

By default Windows 10 comes with automatic updates enabled on your pc in order to keep it safe and up-to-date with latest security patches. You won’t be able to disable or turn off Windows Updates using Control Panel or Settings in Windows 10 like you used to do in the earlier version of Windows operating system.

But still there are ways which I will discuss further by which you can disable, turn off or stop automatic updates in Windows 10. You can easily stop automatic Windows update using the Local Group Policy Editor if you are using a Professional, Enterprise or Education edition of Windows 10.

Disable Windows Automatic Update

But if you are using Windows 10 Home edition, then you won’t be able to use the Local Group Policy Editor Method. For that you have to use the Metered Connection method which I will explain below.

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How to disable Windows 10 automatic updates using Local Group Policy Editor?

This method is applicable only for Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise and Education edition users. Follow the steps mentioned below to disable Windows Updates using Local Group Policy Editor:-

1.Press Windows +R key on your keyboard to open Run box.

2.Type gpedit.msc in the Run box and click OK or press Enter key.

How to stop/remove Windows 10 automatic updates

3.Navigate to the following path in the Local Group Policy Editor on the left pane as shown below:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update

How to disable Windows 10 automatic updates using Local Group Policy

4. Double click Configure Automatic Updates as shown above.
How to turn off Windows 10 automatic updates using Metered connection

5. Set Configuration as Enabled as shown above on the top left.

6. Choose your Options from Configure automatic updating: and schedule install day like as shown above Every day at 03:00 hrs.

7. Finally Apply the settings and click OK button.

Whenever you want to enable automatic updates again, simply follow the steps 1 to 4 above and choose Not configured on the top left.

How to turn off/stop automatic updates in Windows 10 using Metered Connection?

Windows 10 Home users can follow the metered connection steps mentioned below:-

1. You can open Metered Connection settings by following this path:-
Settings > Network & Internet > Advanced Options 

2. Under Metered Connection toggle the Set as Metered Connection to ON.
Remove automatic updates in Windows 10
Important Note: This method is applicable for a particular network you are using. I have shown the example of Wi-Fi connection, but if suppose you are using an Ethernet connection, then you have change Ethernet settings.

By setting a metered connection on, we are simply telling Windows that we don’t want to install updates and Windows 10 will give you a message which says the following:-

Updates are available. We’ll download the updates as soon as you connect to Wi-Fi, or you can download the updates using your data connection (charges may apply.)
If you want to install the updates then you can download it manually by following this path:-

Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update>Check for Updates

So these were the methods by which you can disable/turn off or stop Windows 10 automatic updates. Do let me know through comments how this post has helped you.

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