Windows 10 automatically checks for any available updates and installs them automatically. Microsoft has made software updates mandatory for Windows 10. While this compulsory automatic update system is definitely more secure, it can be inconvenient for some people. If you have Windows 10 Professional, then you can postpone the updates.
Microsoft’s controversial automatic update feature for Windows 10 has garnered a lot of move to automatically update all Windows 10 computers has received a lot of criticism from users. Not only does it consume a huge chunk of data, but in some cases a forced update has resulted in problems in the Windows 10 PC. Irrespective of why you wish to postpone or prevent Windows 10 from updating the PC automatically, there are a few ways which can help you achieve that.
Here is how Wi-Fi users can disable Windows 10 auto updates
What is interesting is that by just altering the Wi-Fi settings, one can disable the automatic updates in their Windows 10 PC. For this, go to the Start menu and find Change Wi-Fi settings. Go to Advanced and in the Wireless Connection Network window turn the Metered Connection On. When you do this, you will stop getting automatic updates.
How to disable select updates?
Microsoft has also rolled out a tool with which you can hide or turn off select Windows 10 updates. Go to the Microsoft website and get the tool. Install and run it on your Windows 10 computer. Apply the steps mentioned in the website to turn off the automatic update.
Disable Automatic Updates With Group Policy Editor
On Windows 10, the option for disabling automatic updates is hidden by default. Users can go to the Group Policy Editor and change the settings to make the disable option visible and disable the automatic updates feature on Windows 10 device.
- Open Start.
- Enter the following text in the search box: msc
- Now, go to Computer Configuration.
- Click on Administrative Templates.
- After that, go to All Settings.
- In the menu, locate the entry for Configure Automatic Updates.
- Double-click on the entry and click on the Enabled option located in the upper left-hand side.
- Now, you can edit the Options given at the base.
- Click on the drop bar.
- Go to the option for Allowing local administrator to choose the setting.
- Choose the option for disabling automatic downloads.
- Open the Control Panel, and click on System and Security.
- In that window, go to Windows Update.
- Choose Change settings in the next Window.
- An option stating the following: Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them will display.
- Click on the option.
Your Windows 10 PC will check for available updates but not download them unless you provide permission for the same.
If you do not want your Windows 10 PC to even check for available updates, then you can do the following:
- Open the Group Policy Editor.
- Go to All Settings.
- In the drop-down list locate the following: Configure Automatic Updates
- Click twice on the entry.
- Select Disable.