How To Disable Windows 10 Update – Complete Guide

The latest version of Windows OS, Windows 10 possesses a feature of automatic system update, which is a good feature on one hand but on the other hand pretty annoying. Users often complain about unwanted user-end updates or sometimes they encounter forced update notification. To overcome such problems, it is crucial to learn how to disable windows 10 update. In this article, we are going to discuss the different approaches for the same, along with the workability of these methods.

Guide to Disable Windows 10 Update

Before heading towards the approaches, let us tell you that there are basically two editions of Windows 10 available to use i.e. Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional. So if you are using Windows 10 Home edition, there are way more approaches available to disable windows 10 updates.

Let’s get started,

Method 1: Disable Windows 10 updates using Update Properties

Windows 10 automatic updates can be disabled using Properties. The stepwise guide for the same is mentioned in the steps given below:

Step 1: First of all launch windows services by pressing the windows key with “R”. By this Run, the window will launch.

Step 2: Now type “services.msc” and tap OK.

Step 3: When the Services window opens, locate and select Windows Update, and then select the Stop icon to stop the service.

Windows Update stop service

Step 4: Once the Service has stopped, simply right-click on Windows Update and select Properties.

Step 5: In the shown Properties window, select the Startup type dropdown menu, and select Disabled.

Step 6: Now select Apply and then click OK.

Step 7: Finally exit the Services window and your automatic windows 10 update has been disabled.

Also Read: Pause Windows Updates in Windows 10

Method 2: Use Update Settings

This is another easy approach to disable the Windows 10 update, follow the steps as given below

Step 1: First of all open the Start menu and launch Windows Update.

Windows Update

Step 2: Select Advanced Options.

Step 3: In order to pause updates, turn the Pause Update switch ON.

turn the Pause Update switch ON

Now the updates are paused successfully. *This step can pause updates for 35 days only.*

Step 4: In order to defer updates instead, select the desired Windows Update Servicing Channel from the first dropdown menu, and then select for how long you want to defer the windows update and the quality updates.

Step 5: Once finished, your windows 10 updates have been successfully disabled.

Method 3: Change Device installation settings

In order to disable the Windows 10 updates using this method, follow the steps explained below.

Step 1: Open the Start menu and then search for Advanced System Settings.

Step 2: Click on the  Hardware tab and choose Device Installation Settings.

Step 3: Select NO and save changes.

Step 4: Click OK to finish the settings

Method 4: Use Group Policy Editor

You can also disable windows 10 updates by making changes to Group Policy Editor, follow the stepwise guide as below.

Step 1: Open Start menu and search for gpedit.msc and then press enter.


Step 2: Go to Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates and then Windows Components> Windows Update.

Windows Update

Step 3: Double click Configure Automatic Updates.

Step 4: Choose Disabled in Configure Automatic Updates on left and click Apply. Click OK


Step 5: Now your automatic windows update is disabled.

Method 5: Disable Windows 10 updates uninstalling or disabling the Windows Update Assistant

One of the methods to disable windows 10 update is to uninstall or disable the Windows Update Assistant, which can be done in this way:

Disable the Windows Update Assistant

Simply go to Task Scheduler >Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > UpdateOrchestrator, then click Update Assistant given in the right panel. Make sure to disable each trigger in Trigger Tab.

Uninstall the Windows Update Assistant

Step 1: Click Windows and R key together to launch the Run window.

Step 2: Type appwiz.cpl and then click OK.

Step 3: Locate the Windows 10 Update Assistant and right-click on it and choose to uninstall.

Step 4: Confirm the delete.

Step 5: Now open the File Explorer and click This PC.

Step 6: Go to This PC > C drive> Windows > Windows 10 Upgrade, and then delete the Windows 10 Upgrade folder.

Step 7: Your Windows 10 update will be disabled permanently.

Method 6: Use metered network connection

This method involves the option where you choose to meter your network connection. It limits your data plan while using Wi-fi, which eventually prevents your system to push installing windows updates. In case you have an Ethernet cable and unlimited data plan, this method won’t work.

Follow these steps to opt this method:

Step 1: Click the Start button given at the bottom left corner of your desktop screen.

Step 2: Now click the Settings app.

Step 3: Go to Network & Internet > Wifi.

Network & Internet Settings

Step 4: Click on the name of the wifi connection you use.

Step 5: Now turn on the toggle button Set as metered connection.

Set as metered connection

Step 6: This will limit your data plan which in turn restrict forced windows update installation.

Wrapping up

It is advisable to avoid permanent methods of disabling the Windows 10 update as in this way you may miss some important windows updates in the coming future. There are several easy and temporary methods that are explained in this article. Go through each and every method carefully and choose the best one as per your need.

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