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How to disable automatic updates in Windows 10

Unlike previous versions of the system, there is no direct option to  disable automatic updates in Windows 10. Microsoft will be installing new updates on a regular basis, regardless of whether they are feature or security updates.

Even though you can defer or pause updates, there is no default or express option to disable them. However, there are some solutions that can help you disable them, and I will show you some of them below.

Next I will show you 3 methods with which you can disable automatic updates in Windows 10: through the Windows Registry, using a local group policy and using a third-party application.

#1. Disable automatic updates with Regedit

With this method, you will be able to disable the updates by editing the Windows Registry. Before any manual manipulation, it is always advisable to make a backup of the Registry.

Open the Run window (Win + R), type regedit and press the Enter key or click OK.

Now inside the editor you must navigate the following route:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
In the right pane, within AU, modify the AUOptions DWORD value  and enter the number 2 in value data.

As an alternative you can also create the DWORD value NoAutoUpdate assigning it the number 2 as well.

#2. Stop the Windows Update service

Windows has a service used to check or search for pending updates, which you can disable.

Open the Run window (Win + R), type services.msc and press Enter. In the list of services, look for Windows Update and double-click it. In Startup type choose Disabled, click the Stop button and then OK.

This should stop the Automatic Updates service .

#3. Disable updates in local group policy

To open the Local Group Policy Editor, go to the Run window (Win + R), type gpedit.msc and press the Enter key or click OK.

The editor will open and, in the left panel you must navigate through:

Configuraci�n del equipo > Plantillas administrativas > Componentes de Windows > Windows Update.

Now in the right pane, double click on the Configure Automatic Updates option .

A second window will open, in which you must mark the Enabled option and, in turn, below choose option 2 – Notify download and notify installation and click on the OK button .

These settings will prevent the automatic download and installation of updates, and will instead notify the user. But we must be clear that these settings will not work with home editions of Windows 10, since they do not have a Local Group Policy Editor.

#4. Disable updates with DoNotSpy10

If you prefer to make it even easier, then you can use an application called DoNotSpy10. This utility allows you to disable certain Windows 10 features, including automatic updates.

DoNotSpy10 allows you to decide or configure some options that may affect your privacy. Its interface is simple and presents you with all the elements that you can disable.

You can disable automatic system updates, Windows Store, Windows Defender, etc.

Disable Windows 10 updates

In all systems, updates are important to adapt them to new requirements and security needs. And in an operating system like Windows, this is a much greater reality.

It is vitally important to keep the system up to date. However, sometimes we would like to choose when and which updates are installed. The case of Windows 10 has been proven that automatic updates choke the bandwidth of the Internet connection.

This causes that at that moment we cannot do anything in the entire network. That is why it is important to know how to disable automatic updates in Windows 10.

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