How to stop automatic updates on Windows 10

If you tend to see more problems than benefits during updates, or you have a good reason to use a computer unpatched, depending on your edition of Windows 10, you can disable automatic updates using the Settings app or permanently with the Group Policy or Registry.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the steps to prevent Windows Update from downloading and installing updates on your computer automatically.

How to disable automatic updates with Settings

If you want to skip a specific update, you do not need to disable Windows Update permanently. Instead, you should pause updates until the next Patch Tuesday arrives. The Settings app includes an option to stop system updates for up to 35 days on Windows 10 Home and Pro.

To disable automatic updates temporarily, use these steps:

    • Open Settings.
    • Click on Update & Security.
    • Click on Windows Update.
    • Click the Advanced options button.

Windows Update Advanced Options

  • Under the “Pause updates” section, use the drop-down menu and select how long to disable updates.

Windows 10 pause automatic updates

Once you complete the steps, updates will no longer download until the day you specified. When the computer reaches the pause limit, you will need to install the latest patch available to make the option available again.

You can always undo the changes with the exact instructions outlined above, but on step No. 5, choose the Select date option. Alternatively, you can accomplish the same effect by clicking the Resume updates button on the Windows Update page.

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