How to Disable Automatic updates Windows 10?

Disable Automatic Updates Windows 10: Windows 10 will automatically update the newly available content until the action is stopped. Although it can be a boon at times as the device will automatically download and install the security update yet the feature can be an annoying one too. Typically the update will require a restart to allow the device to function smoothly and thus the user might feel that the exercise is a rather time-consuming one. Windows 10 allow the users to select three ways of stopping the automatic updates on the device and this article is based on exploring all the 3 options:

How to disable automatic updates on Windows 10 using Settings:

  • Open “Settings
  • Tap on “Update” and “Security
  • Select “Windows Update
  • Check the “Advanced” button
  • The user will find the “Pause Update” button and check that to explore the drop-down menu
  • Select how long to disable updates

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How to disable automatic updates on Windows 10 using Group Policy

  • Open “Start
  • Search for gpedit.msc and look out for the top results to avail Local Group Policy Editor
  • Now do the following

Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Updates

  • The user will require to double-click on the option ‘Configure Automatic Updates” on the right side
  • Checking the “Disabled” button will automatically turn off updates on Windows 10
  • Select “Apply” followed by “OK

How to disable automatic updates on Windows 10 using Registry

(an important piece of information is that the users should be alert while performing this function because if done incorrectly, it can cause permanent damage to the device)

  • Open “Start”
  • Look for regedit and click on the top results to launch the Registry Editor
  • Use the following instructions


  • Right-click on Windows
  • Click on “New
  • Check “Option
  • Select “Windows Update” and then “Enter
  • Again right-click on the newly created key
  • Select “New
  • Select the “Key” option
  • Name the new key as “AU
  • Press “Enter
  • Now right-click on “AU
  • Select the “New” submenu
  • Now select the “DWORD (32 bit) Value” option
  • Name the new key as “NoAutoUpdate”
  • Now press “Enter”
  • Double-click the newly created key and change its value from 0 to 1
  • Select “OK” and then restart the device

All the 3 methods have been clearly explained.


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