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How to Turn Off Automatic Updates in Windows 10

Turning off Windows 10 auto updates can be done in several ways, you can use the registry editor (regedit), group policy editor, by labeling

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Turning off Windows 10 auto updates can be done in several ways, you can use the registry editor (regedit), group policy editor, by labeling the connection as metered connection, or delaying updates for a period of up to one year.

In this post, bingGo will provide a tutorial on how to do this. Please choose which method is most suitable for your needs.

How to turn off Windows 10 updates permanently

1.Open Registry Editor

We will make modifications to the registry entry in Windows 10 to turn off updates completely and permanently. First, you open the Registry editor application by clicking on the Start button > typing regedit > selecting the Registry Editor application.


2. Enter the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows directory

After the Registry Editor application opens, click on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> SOFTWARE> Policies> Microsoft> Windows Folder.

3. Create a new folder called Windows Update

Next we need to create a new folder (key) called Windows Update.


4. Create a folder named AU in the Windows Update directory.

Right click on the newly created WindowsUpdate folder, then select New => Key => name it AU.


In this AU directory, we will create a registry entry to permanently turn off the updates.

5. Create a new key named NoAutoUpdate in the AU directory

Then click on the AU directory, then a panel will appear on the right. Right-click on an empty panel area> select New > select DWORD (32-bit) > name it NoAutoUpdate > press enter.


6. Change the value data in the key to turn off automatic updates.

In the right panel you will see a new key named NoAutoUpdate. Double click on the key, then changes the value in the Value data column to 1 => Click OK.


7. Restart the computer

Close the Registry Editor and restart the computer for the changes to take effect completely.

8. Done

We have successfully created a registry entry to turn off Windows 10 auto updates forever. The automatic update feature will no longer run, if you want to update you can do it manually by going to Settings > Update & Security > Check for updates.

Turning off a total update like this has its own advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that we no longer have to worry about the internet quota suddenly running out or the computer suddenly becomes heavy because the update process is running. This will make us more productive at work because we are no longer bothered by the automatic update process.

The drawback is that we can't enjoy the latest features from Microsoft, sometimes there are good features that are actually a pity to miss. In addition, our computers are more vulnerable to viruses considering that one of the main functions of updating is to strengthen security in Windows 10.

Using the Group Policy Editor (alternative)

The second way to permanently turn off automatic updates in Windows 10 is to use the Group Policy Editor.

Actually, this method is almost similar to using Registry Editor, it's just a little easier because we don't need to create new entries, just change the existing auto update configuration.

Follow these steps:
  1. Click on the Start button, then type gpedit.
  2. Click on the Edit group policy menu.
  3. The Group policy editor application will open, then you go to the Computer Configuration => Administrative Templates => Windows Components => Windows Update directory.
  4. Once in the Windows Update directory, look at the panel on the right.
  5. Find the setting named Configure Automatic Updates then double click it. Check the Disabled option to turn off Windows 10 auto updates permanent.
  6. Click the Apply button => OK.
  7. Restart the computer.
You can use this trick  versions of Windows 10 home, pro, education, and enterprise.

How to turn off Windows 10 auto updates for a while

Turning off the update completely is not recommended if you do not have problems with limited internet packages. Updates have an important role to play in keeping Windows 10 up to date with the latest features.

Updating can also be an effective way to speed up Windows 10 which is slow due to bugs. When a bug has been detected by Microsoft, their team will immediately release a patch, and the only way to get it is through an update.

It would be wise if you take a middle ground by turning off the update for a certain time instead of turning it off permanently.

In Windows 10, there is a feature that we can use to stop automatic updates within a maximum period of 35 days. This feature is what we will use to prevent auto updates from running at times we don't want.

Follow these steps:
  1. Click the Start button, then type Settings.
  2. Select the Settings menu.
  3. Click on Update & Security.
  4. Click on Windows Update.
  5. Click Advanced options.
  6. In the Pause updates option, select the lowest date (35 days).

If it is before the specified time, but you already want to update it is very easy, just update it manually by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > click the Check for updates button. The update download process will run as usual. 

Turn off Windows 10 update feature for one year

The update feature has the largest file capacity among the others, if your problem is a limited internet connection then this feature update should be turned off.

Fortunately, we don't need any weird tricks because Windows 10 already has a setting that can be used to turn off this feature update for a maximum period of one year.

Follow these steps:
  1. Click the Windows button, then type settings.
  2. Select the Settings menu.
  3. Click on Update & Security.
  4. Click on Windows Update.
  5. Click Advanced options.
  6. In the Choose when updates are installed option, select a period of 365 days.

You can also turn off quality update for a maximum period of 30 days, but this is not recommended because quality updates contain security updates.

At this quality update Windows security will continue to get the latest virus database to prevent our computers from becoming infected. Turn off quality updates if it is really necessary.

Turn off automatic updates with Metered connection

The last way to turn off Windows 10 auto update is to label the connection that we use as a metered connection. In this way Windows no longer runs auto updates so that it can save internet usage on our laptop or PC.

  1. Click the Windows button, then type Settings.
  2. Select the Settings menu.
  3. Click the Network & Internet menu.
  4. Select the connection type you are currently using on the left menu bar.
  5. After that, click the active connection on the right side menu panel.
  6. On the Metered connection option, click the Set metered connection button until it becomes On.

Labeling a connection as a metered connection will not only stop the automatic update download process, but will also limit data usage in other applications. This will be very useful for saving limited internet connection.

If not turned off, Windows 10 updates will continue to run automatically when your computer is connected to the internet. For those of you who have limited internet connection, this will definitely be a thought.

You are worried that your connection will suddenly run out because Windows 10 is updating secretly because the process is running in the background, suddenly you will get a notification to restart because the update has been downloaded.

Even though updating regularly is quite important to get the latest features, cover bugs, get security patches and antivirus databases, and improve Windows 10's overall performance, you certainly want to have control over when is the right time to do it.

Those are some ways to turn off Windows 10 auto updates permanently or temporarily. Please choose which method best suits your needs.