How to Disable or Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10

Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 no longer gives you complete control over software updates. Updates are no longer an option, and are downloaded and installed automatically to keep your device updated with the latest security patches. Though this approach is good for added security, it’s not the most convenient thing in the world. It’s frustrating when a random update pops up while you’re working. However, there are a couple of ways you can still regain control. This article is an illustration of how to stop windows update in windows 10.

You can turn off windows update in windows 10 using three methods. Microsoft allows users of Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, and Education to regain control of update download and installation through the Local Group Policy Editor and the Registry. Here are a few techniques which describe how to stop updates in windows 10.

How To Stop Windows Update in Windows 10:

You can turn off windows update by disabling the windows update service itself. This means that Windows won’t receive any updates. Here’s how to turn off windows update in Windows 10:

1. Go the Control Panel >> Administrative Tools.

At this point, you should be able to access the Windows Services Manager.

2. Here, look for Windows Update >> go to properties >> click on the Disabled option to turn off windows update in windows 10.

Windows Updates work like a grid – you need the previous update to install the latest one. Therefore, to keep your device updated, you will have to manually enable the Windows Update option periodically.

This can be quite a bit of a task. When you enable windows updates again, chances are you’ll see a message stating that windows updates couldn’t be installed because the device was stopped. If you encounter this message, simply click on Retry. Downloading and installing all updates at once can become time-intensive, and you might have to click on Check for Updates at least a couple of times during the process.

Keep doing this until your device is up-to-date. You can then turn off windows updates again and repeat the entire process when you have ample time.

How To Stop Windows Update in Windows 10 Using Local Group Policy Editor

If you run Windows 10 Professional or higher, you can make use of the Local Group Policy Editor to disable windows update in windows 10.
Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Open the Run Command by pressing the Windows Key + R. 
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK. You are now in the Local Group Policy Editor.
    Windows gpedit.msc
    gpedit.msc
  3. In the Local Group Policy Editor, browse:
    “Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update”
  4. In the main panel on the right-hand side, double-click on “Configure Automatic Updates”.
    Configuring Windows Automatic Update
    Configuring Windows Automatic Update
  5. On the left-hand side in the Configure Automatic Updates window, click on the “Enabled” option to enable the policy.
    how to stop windows update in windows 10
    Disabling Updates in Windows 10

Again, on the left-hand side, you will notice “Options”. Under Options, you’ll see several ways to configure windows updates. They are:

  • Notify for download and Notify for Install: The user gets notified whenever any update is ready for download and installation. The user can go to windows update, and download and install available updates.
  • Download the updates and notify when they are ready to be installed: This is the default setting – updates are downloaded automatically and the user is notified when they are ready to be installed.
  • Auto Download and Schedule the Install: This option enables Windows to automatically download updates.
  • The user has control to schedule the installation of the updates.
  • Allow local admin to choose setting: This option gives complete control to the local admin.


At this point, your best bet would be to go for option 2 here, which is Notify for download and notify for Install. This option allows the user to choose when to download and install updates, along with notifying the user with new updates.

If you’ve chosen Notify for download and notify for install, here’s how to download and install updates:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click on Update and Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Download the updates.
    how to turn off windows update in windows 10
    Windows Update Button
  5. Restart your device to complete the process.

How to Stop Windows Update in Windows 10 with Registry:

One can also choose to use the Registry to disable windows update in windows 10. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Access the Run Command by using Windows Key + R shortcut.
  2. Insert regedit and click on OK to access the Registry.
  3. In Registry, browse:
    “HKEY_LOCAL-MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Policies/Microsoft/Windows “
  4. On the left-hand side, right click on Windows folder. Select New >> and then select Key.
    Creating New Key to Stop Windows 10
    Creating New Key to Stop Windows 10
  5. Name the newly created key “WindowsUpdate”, and enter.
  6. Now, right click on the newly created key “MicrosoftUpdate”, click on New >> and then select Key.
  7. Name this new key as “AU” and press enter.
    Creating New Key to Stop Windows 10
    Creating New Key to Stop Windows 10
  8. In the newly created key “AU”, right click on the right side, click on New >> and select DWORD (32 bit).
    Creating DWORD (32 bit) Windows 10
    Creating DWORD (32 bit) Windows 10
  9. Name this newly created key “AUOptions” and click enter.
  10. Double click on the newly created key “AUOptions” and manipulate its value with one of the following:
  • Notify for download and notify for install.
  • Auto download and notify for install.
  • Auto download and schedule the install.
  • Allow local admin to choose settings.
    turn off windows update in windows 10
    AU Options in Windows 10

The best option for a casual user here would be option 2  – notify for download and notify for install. This allows you to choose when to download and install updates. The best thing about this option is that it notifies you of latest updates, while giving you the liberty to decide when to download them.

  • Click “OK” and close the Registry to complete the process.

If you’ve chosen Notify for download and notify for install, here’s how to download and install updates:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click on Update and Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Download the updates.
    how to turn off windows update
    Windows 10 Download Button
  5. Restart your device to complete the process.

The Bottom Line:

This article was an illustration on how to stop windows update in windows 10. All in all, there are three ways to stop windows updates in windows 10. You could turn off updates completely, but you’d have to manually install required updates which is a time and effort-intensive process. Apart from this, you could use either the Registry method or the Local Group Policy Editor to make a few changes here and there.

Apart from the steps leading up to selection of how updates will be treated, both of these methods are exactly the same. It is not recommended to use a device without updating it regularly. Updates serve as patches to security loopholes and protect your information from intruders and viruses.

If your device seems to be running alright even during automatic updates, maybe you don’t need to disable automatic updates. However, if you’re experiencing significant performance issues while updating, the above steps will be of great help to you.

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