How to Disable Automatic Updates on Windows 10

How to Disable Automatic Updates on Windows 10: Windows updates are crucial for several reasons like to get security and the latest features. These updates may contain critical security patches, bug fixes as well as improved system performance. But, on the other hand, these Windows updates become so frustrating for some users. Here’s why:

  • In the Windows system, updates are downloaded & installed automatically without notifying you once.
  • Some updates may require restarting the whole system to complete the update.
  • A user may receive updates very frequently at least twice a day.

Related: How to disable Background Apps & Startup Apps in Windows 10

How to Disable Automatic Updates on Windows 10

In this tutorial, we’ll illustrate to you one of the best methods to stop auto-updates in Windows. You can follow these methods and prevent any updates on your Windows PC.

1. Delay Auto Updates Through Windows Settings

Windows 10 officially provides a signal click option in Windows settings to delay the automatic updates for some days. You can follow the given instructions to do that on your PC.

Follow the given instructions to prevent automatic updates on your Windows PC:

  1. Open Windows “Settings
  2. Click on “Update & Security
  3. Click on “Pause updates for 7-days” from Windows Update Section. This option will prevent automatic updates for 7-days only after that, it will reset automatically.

2. Disable Automatic Updates on Windows 10 Using Registry

Using this method, you can permanently disable Windows 10 updates through Windows 10 registry. Here’s how to do it.

Caution: Take a full backup of your Windows OS. In case if anything go wrong, you can retrieve your files.

Follow the given instructions one by one:

  1. Press Win+R from the keyboard and type regedit then hit enter
  2. Click on Yes and open Registry Editor
  3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows from the top of Registry Editor
  4. Right-Click on the Windows folder and select New then click on Key
  5. Change the key name to WindowsUpdate and hit Enter
  6. Right-click on the newly created key and select new then click key to create a new key
  7. Name the key AU and press enter
  8. Right-Click on AU key, select new, and click on DWORD (32 bit) Value option
  9. Enter the new name NoAutoUpdate and hit enter
  10. Double Click on NoAutoUpdate Key and change its value to 0 or 1
  11. Click Ok
  12. Restart your computer/laptop

It will disable automatic updates on Windows 10 permanently. However, you can update Windows OS manually from Windows Settings > Update & Security > Click on Update.


In contrast, you should never stop Windows updates because as I’ve explained in this article. Each update contains essential security patches to protect your PC from unwanted backdoors or malicious viruses.

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