Windows 10 Automatic Update: 5 Ways to Stop/Disable it

On Windows 10, Recently my device got updated automatically and I heard many people are also facing this same kind of problem. Actually, While using the computer, the automatic update by default, it’s installing windows update automatically on my windows 10. It might irritate us while using the pc, and the network speed is slow.

stop disable windows 10 automatic updates

There is no direct option to stop the automatic update on windows 10. Are you thinking, is there any way to disable the automatic update?

Yeah, I have done the research and found a solution to solve the following problem.

  • How to Stop/disable the Automatic update temporarily in windows 10 using Settings?
  • How to Stop/disable the Automatic update permanently in windows 10 using the Edit group policy?
  • How to stop/disable the Automatic updates permanently in windows 10 using Registry?
  • How to stop/disable the automatic updates in windows 10 using services?
  • How to quickly stop the Automatic App updates in windows 10 using the Command Prompt?

How to Stop / Disable the Automatic Update temporarily on Windows 10 using Settings App

From these settings, you can kindly skip an update or pause the System Update for 7 days and also postpone the update up to 35 days.

Here are the following steps to Stop the Automatic update for a specified date:

Step 1: First, Go to the Start Menu and then choose Settings.

Step 2:  Then select the Update & Security.

Step 3:  And now you can see the Pause updates for 7 more days option, select that one. Now your device won’t get updated while updates are paused. The update will resume after 7 days.

Step 4:  If you want to postpone the update on your PC for a maximum of 35 days. For that,

Step 5: On the same windows update page, the Advanced options appear at the bottom, tap that one.

Windows Update

Step 6: Make sure to check the Update option and the Update notification is turned off.

Step 7: After that, you’ll see the “Pause updates” option at the bottom down right. It will pause the update maximum of up to 35 days.

Step 8: In that, a drop-down date list will be shown, in that, you can select the date as per your wish to postpone the System update.
Advanced options

After completing all the processes, automatic updates will be disabled for a specified date. Once the pause limit reaches, the automatic update will be activated again.

How to Stop/disable the Automatic Updates in Edit group Policy

Edit Group Policy:  

Edit group policy is an administration tool and it helps to configure the automatic settings to disable and enable the Automatic Updates from Settings.

This group policy features run only on windows 10, It will alert you to a new update without automatically installing it.

Step 1: In the search bar, type Edit group policy and click that one.

Step 2: Now you will see the local group policy editor screen. Tap the Computer Configuration and select the Administrative Templates.

Step 3: After that, In the drop-down menu double click the Windows Components option.

Step 4: Now, you might scroll down the screen and find the Windows Update, and double click on it.

Windows Update

Step 5: Then, tap on Configure Automatic Updates option. Now you can change the automatic update option to disable it.
Configure Automatic Updates

Step 6:  Then click the Apply Button and Ok.

Configure Automatic Updates apply button

Once after the completion of all the following steps, windows 10 will permanently disable the automatic updates option. Now you can check the windows update will be disabled on your device through Step: 5, Configure Automatic update to be disabled.

If you want to enable the automatic update option on your device, then follow the same steps, and in step No: 5, select the option not configured on the configure settings.

How to Stop/Disable the Automatic Updates using Registry


Tips: This will cause some problems to your installation if you don’t do it correctly.

Step 1: In the search bar, type Regedit or press windows keys + R and click Ok.

Step 2: Now that the Registry Editor will open, on the left-hand side double click the HKEY-LOCAL-MACHINE.

Step 3: Then double click the Software option and scroll down the page and select the Policies option.

Disable the Automatic Updates using Registry

Step 4: Now, you will see the Windows key and right-click, click on the New sub-menu, and tap on the Key option.

Step 5: On the New key, type the Windows Update and press enter then again right-click the tap on the select New and key option.

Step 6: Name the new key as AU, next right-click on blank space and then select New on the sub-menu choose the DWORD(32-bit value).

Step 7: After that, name the new key as NOAUTOUPDATE and press Enter.

Step 8: Double click the new key and change the value to 1 to disable and click Ok.

DWORD(32-bit value)

Step 9: Close the program and restart your device.

How to Stop/Disable the Automatic Update using service

On Windows 10, services.msc will help to disable the manual, automatic option to the Automatic update in windows.

Step 1: Press Windows Keys + R key and type as Services.msc and press the Ok button.

Disable the Automatic Update using service
Step 2: Now, you will see the Services screen.

Step 3: Scroll down the screen and find Windows Update from the service list.

Windows Update for service list

Step 4: And double click the Windows Update option, change the startup type as  Disable and also change the stopped in-service status.

Step 5: Click the Apply and Ok button.

Windows Update Properties

Now it manually changed the settings and stopped the automatic update on your windows.

How to quickly Stop the windows update service using Command Prompt

Using this Command Prompt is the easiest and quickest way to stop the windows update service.

Note: Open the Command Prompt by using the Run as Administrator.

Follow these steps to stop the windows update service.

Step 1: Open the Search bar, and type as Command Prompt.

Step 2: Click the Run as Administrator on the right side of the Command Prompt.

Command Prompt

Step 3: After that, choose Yes to confirm to allow this app to make changes to your device.

Step 4: Now, you will get the Command Prompt screen.

Step 5: Then type the terminal command below to disable the Automatic update service: sc config wuauserv start= disabled

Step 6: Then if you want to stop the Automatic update service, follow this below command: Net stop wuauserv 

Stop the windows update service using Command Prompt

Final verdict:

Guys, I hope you all tried this solution and successfully disabled the automatic update on your Windows 10. If you have any opinion, clarification, or suggestions in this article. Please ask your doubts in the comment section below.