In order to make sure that every Windows operating system should have the latest security patches and stability improvements in order to deliver comprehensive performance, Windows always download and install automatically as soon as the update comes. However, this feature sometimes can be frustrating for many users as they have to restart their computer at any time and also have to wait for long until the update completes. Therefore, they wish to disable/turn off the automatic Windows update feature, but cannot be able to do so because of less technical knowledge.

So, in case anyone doesn’t know “how to turn off Windows Update” than to help you below we mentioned the various options with the help of which anyone can easily “disable automatic updates on Windows 10” operating system. So, without wasting any time let’s have a look at each option:

Disable the Windows Update Service on Windows 10:

Just like any other service, Windows Update also can be turned off similarly from the operating system. So, to do so, you need to start your computer and press (Win + R) key shortcut to open the ‘Run Command.’
1. In that ‘Run dialog box’ you have to type ‘services.msc’ and press ‘Enter.’
2. Then, from the result of the ‘Services list,’ you have to only select the ‘Windows Update Service.’
3. After that click on the ‘General tab’ of ‘Windows Update Service.’
4. Further, click on the ‘Startup type’ and change it by clicking on ‘Disabled’ from the list of options.
5. That’s it! After that, restart your Windows 10 operating system to check whether you have disabled the Windows Update successfully or not.
6. Also remember that whenever you feel the need to re-enable the Windows update, you can do so as well just by following the same procedure except for you have to select ‘Automatic’ instead of ‘Disabled’ in the ‘Startup type’ option.

Set up a Metered Connection:

This is a simple method to stop the automatic Windows Update from the Windows operating system. All you have to do is set up a metered connection and one can easily do so if they are using a Wi-Fi network to connect your computer with an internet connection. If you’re thinking “how this will help?” Then let me tell you that one can turn on their metered connection if they have limited data and want to save it. Actually, in a metered connection your data limit is set in such a way that without your knowledge/permission no update will be automatically downloaded. So, in order to turn on metered connections, follow these simple steps:
• By pressing (Win + I) shortcut, open the ‘Windows Settings.’

• Under ‘Settings’ click on the ‘Network & Internet’ option.

• By clicking on ‘Network & Internet’ open the ‘Wi-Fi’ of your system
• Then click on ‘Manage known networks.’

• In that, select ‘Network’ and from its ‘Properties’ simply turn on the option of ‘Set as metered connection.’

3. Use Group Policy Editor:
Before proceeding to use the ‘Group Policy Editor’ option to turn off the automatic Windows update on Windows 10, one has to make one thing clear that not everyone is able to use this option. It is because users of Windows 10 “Pro, Education and Enterprise” editions can make changes using ‘Group Policy Editor’ and Windows 10 ‘Home Edition’ don’t have this option. So, for those who have an updated version of Windows 10 can learn from the below-given steps about “how to disable Windows automatic update.” Let’s start:
• Open ‘Run dialog box’ by pressing and holding (Win + R) shortcut.
• Then in that box type ‘gpedit.msc’ and press ‘Enter’ in order to open ‘Group Policy Editor.’

• Under it, firstly click on ‘Computer Configuration’ then from the drop-down options further choose ‘Administrative Templates.’

• Then from the ‘Administrative Templates’ options select ‘Windows Components.’
• And, from ‘Windows Components’ simply select the ‘Windows Update’ option.

• After choosing it, you have to further choose the ‘Configure Automatic Updates’ option from the available options on the right side of your computer screen.

• Then, select the ‘Notify for download and auto-install’ option and click on ‘Apply’ as well as on the ‘OK’ button.

• Further, from the ‘Start menu’ type ‘Windows Update’ and from the available options select ‘Windows Update Settings.’

• Then, just restart your operating system in order to finish updating the ‘Group Policy Editor.’
• And then, check for the ‘Updates’ as now instead of automatically installed in Windows, you will get a notification about the latest update in order to download and install manually.

4. Using Registry Editor Settings:
1. Turn on your computer and open ‘Start’ and their search for ‘Regedit’ in order to ‘Run the Registry Editor.’
2. Then you have to navigate through “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.”

1. After that, you have to click right on the ‘Windows’ key in order to select ‘new’ and to click on the ‘Key’ option.
2. You have to name the ‘New key’ as ‘Windows update,’ and then press ‘Enter.’
3. Again, click right on the newly named key and then select ‘New’ in order to click on the ‘Key’ option.
4. Then, name this key as ‘AU’ and simply press ‘Enter.’

1. Further, click right and select ‘New’ in a way to click the ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’ option.

1. After that, name this key as “No Auto Update” and the same way as above press ‘Enter.’
2. Then, simply you have to double-click this newly created key in order to change its value from ‘0 to 1.’
3. Lastly, click on the ‘OK button’ and restart your computer. That’s it! Now, your Windows 10 operating system stops downloading and installing Windows update automatically.
This simply means that from now on, you have to manually need to check for new updates in order to download it and install it to keep the system up to date.

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