How to stop a Windows 10 update

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Welcome to our Windows 10 Update Stop Guide. Updating your PC is an significant component of your overall health and well-being. Windows 10 updates often involve critical problem fixes and can maintain your PC working smoothly by installing them.

But sometimes you may not want an update to be installed. Your frequently used program may not be consistent with the recent update; in that scenario, you may want to postpone the update until an appropriate alternative is found.

So how are you going to avoid updating Windows 10? While installing it forever can not be stopped, there are methods to delay it for a while. We’re going to demonstrate you how it’s done in this guide.

1. Pause automatic updates

Click the menu Start, then the cog Settings. Now go to’ Update & Security,’ left-hand click’ Windows Update,’ then press’ Options Advanced.’ Toggle the switch to’ On’ under’ Pause Updates.’ This will pause Windows updates for 35 days, but if you want to continue further updates, you will need to download the recent updates once that period is over.

You can also choose to postpone updates of features by up to 365 days and updates of quality (with significant safety fixes) by up to 30 days. You will need to download updates once these periods are up before you can defer them again.

2. Meter your network connection

That’s another easy thing to try. Click Start and then click Cog Settings. Click ‘ Network & Internet’ from here, then click’ Wi-Fi’ in the column on the left, then press on the name of your Wi-Fi association. Scroll down to the section ‘ Metered connection’ and switch to’ On’ to the button ‘ Set as metered connection.’

This informs Windows 10 that you’re on a restricted information plan, resulting in it not pushing updates to you automatically (although you can still install them manually). If you are on an Ethernet connection, however, this technique will not operate, so in this guide you will have to attempt one of the other techniques.

3. Prevent a downloaded update from installing

Upon installation of an update, you shouldn’t prevent it–this can possibly be hazardous for your PC. However, if you have downloaded an update from Windows 10 but have not yet began to install it, you can still prevent it.

Type’ Security and Maintenance’ in the search bar of Windows 10, then press the first outcome to open the control panel window. To expand it, click the title’ Maintenance,’ then scroll to the section ‘ Automatic Maintenance.’ To stop the update, click’ Stop maintenance.’

Simply press’ Start maintenance’ if you alter your mind and want to restart the update.

4. Disable the Windows Update startup service

Type’ Services’ in the search bar for Windows 10. Click the top outcome right-click and pick’ Run as administrator.’ Scroll down the list until the Windows Update entry is reached. If “Running” is stated in the’ Status’ column, right-click the Windows Update entry and click “Stop.”

Now, again right-click it and press on’ Properties.’ In the resulting menu, select’ Disabled’ under’ Start type’ and then press’ OK.’

This will stop the automatic installation of updates by Windows Update. If you still want to avoid automatic updates but want to offer yourself the chance to manually install updates, select’ Manual’ instead from the drop-down menu.

5. Disable updates using Group Policy

This means getting your hands a bit filthy, but it’s pretty simple. Type’ gpedit.msc’ into the search bar of Windows 10 and click on the first consequence. Now use the left-hand pane to navigate to the following route:’ Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.’ Double click’ Configure Automatic Updates’ in the right-hand window.

A fresh door will be opened. Click on’ Disabled’ in the top-left corner, then press on’ Apply’ and’ OK.’ This will stop Windows 10 from downloading and installing updates automatically, although by opening Windows Update you can still manually search for updates.

6. Limit updates using Group Policy

Alternatively, instead of disabling them, you can choose to restrict Windows updates. As in phase 5, open gpedit.msc and double-click’ Configure Automatic Updates’ to navigate to’ Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.’ This moment, click’ Enabled’ instead of’ Disabled.’

Click the top drop-down box in the’ Options’ box on the left hand and choose from one of four options:

  • Notify for download and auto install
  • Auto download and notify for install
  • Auto download and schedule the install
  • Allow local admin to choose setting

The ‘ Download and Auto Install Notification ‘ option is the nearest alternative to automatic download disabling.

7. Disable updates using the Registry

Make a backup of anything significant before dabbling in the Registry, as making a error can cause issues for your PC.

Type’ regedit’ into the search bar for Windows 10 and press the top outcome. In the left-hand column, navigate to the following route:’ HKEY LOCAL MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows’

Click the Windows folder right-click and press’ New > Key.’ Name’ WindowsUpdate’ and click’ Enter.’

Right-click here and click’ New > Key,’ then name this AU entry and click’ Enter.’ Click ‘ New > DWORD (32-bit) Value)’ on the right side of this entry. Name the’ NoAutoUpdate’ entry and click’ Enter.’

Double-click the fresh entry once you have produced this and alter the 0 to a 1 in the’ Value data’ box. Click the OK button and restart the PC.

8. Limit updates using the Registry

Instead of disabling them in the Registry, you can restrict Windows updates. To do this, follow step 6 above, including the stage where the AU entry was generated.

Right-click on the right side of the blank room and press on’ New > DWORD (32-bit) value.’ Name the AUOptions entry this time (instead of NoAutoUpdate) and click’ Enter.’

Double-click the entry; remove the 0 and replace it with either 2, 3, 4 or 5 in the “Value information” box.

These correspond to the figures in phase 5, which means the following outcomes will be obtained:

  • 2 – Notify for download and auto install
  • 3 – Auto download and notify for install
  • 4 – Auto download and schedule the install
  • 5 – Allow local admin to choose setting

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