How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates
Microsoft has set the Windows 10 operating system to automatically check for updates and install new updates by default. The latest version of Windows 10 does not offer disabling or turning off Windows updates.
Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10 have access to group policy and registry settings for this, but even Home editions of Windows 10 give you a way to stop updates from automatically downloading.
How to Turn Off Driver Updates in Hardware Settings
The simplest way is to turn off driver updates in system settings on Hardware tab. To do it:
• Press Win + X and click System.
• In the left part of the window, click Advanced System Settings.
• In the next window, go to Hardware tab and click Device Installation Settings.
• In the Device Installation Settings window, check No, let me choose what to do and then Never install driver software from Windows Update.
• Save changes and restart your computer.
How to Turn Off Windows Updates in Windows 10 with Windows Update service.
You can do this using the Windows Update service. Via Control Panel > Administrative Tools, you can access Services. In the Services window, scroll down to Windows Update and turn off the process. To turn it off, right-click on the process, click on Properties and select Disabled. That will take care of Windows Updates not being installed on your machine.
After you turn on the Windows Update service, when you open Windows Update in PC Settings, you will see a message that updates were not installed because computer was stopped. You will have to click on Retry so that all the available updates are downloaded and installed. This may take two or three “Check for Updates”. You will have to keep on clicking “Check for updates” until it says your computer is up to date. Then you can go back and turn off the Windows Update service until next time you feel you are free enough to spend time updating your copy of Windows 10.
How to Turn Off Windows 10 Updates in the Registry
Step 1: Type Regedit in Start menu or taskbar search box and then press Enter key. Click Yes button when you see the User Account Control dialog.
Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:
Step 3: Right-click on Windows key (as shown in the below picture), click New, and then click Key.
Enter the name as WindowsUpdate (no space between Windows and Update). Note that even after creating the New Key, you can right-click on it, and then click Rename to rename it as WindowsUpdate.
Step 4: Now that you have created WindowsUpdate key, right-click on WindowsUpdate key, click New, clickKey, and then set its name as AU.
Step 5: Click on AU key. On the right-side, right-click on the empty space, click New, click DWORD (32-bit) Value, and name it as NoAutoUpdate.
Step 6: Finally, double-click on NoAutoUpdate, and set its value data to one of the following numbers:
0 – To enable automatic updates
1 – To turn off automatic updates
When you turn off automatic updates using the above mentioned instructions, Windows will never check for updates. If you navigate to Advanced options of Windows Settings in Settings app, you will see Never check for updates as the status under Choose how updates are installed section.
Schedule restart times
If your main issue with Windows 10’s automatic updates is the fact that your PC restarts at inopportune times, you’re in luck: Windows 10 allows you to schedule restarts for a specific time. When a new update has been downloaded and installed, Windows 10 will prompt you to schedule a time for your PC to restart.