How to Stop or Delay Automatic Updates on Windows 10?


Microsoft keeps updating windows 10. In every update, new features are added by Microsoft in Windows 10. Recent updates include a feature to change the custom color of the mouse pointer.

When you connect to the internet, windows updates automatically download and install. If you want to delay Windows updates, you can do this in windows 10.

This article will guide you on stopping or delaying Automatic Updates on Windows 10.

There are two ways to stop/delay automatic updates on Windows 10:-

  1. Disable automatic updates using Settings.
  2. Disable automatic updates via Group Policy.

How to disable/delay automatic updates in Windows 10 OS using Settings?

Step 1Open the Settings app ( click the Start button, and then click on the Settings gear icon).

Step 2. Next, click on Update & Security.

Step 3. Click on Windows Update.

Step 4. In Windows Update, click Advanced options.

Step 5. In Advanced options, scroll down to get Pause updates.

Step 6. Under the Pause updates, use the Pause until drop-down menu and select from available dates when to resume automatic updates on Windows 10.

After that, updates are disabled for your PC on the specified day. Once the time limit reaches, automatic updates resume.

Windows 10 allows for Pause automatic updates for up to 35 days. After 35 days, you need to Pause the automatic update and do the above steps again.

How to disable automatic updates in Windows 10 using Group Policy?

Step 1. Press Windows logo + R keys to open the Run box.

Step 2. Type gpedit.msc and click the OK button.

Step 3. It will launch the Local Group Policy Editor window.

Step 4. Navigate or browse for the following path:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components

Step 5. From the right-side pane, double-click on Windows Update.

Step 6. Scroll down and double-click the Configure Automatic Updates policy on the right side.

Step 7. Select the Disabled option to turn off this policy.

Step 8. Click Apply then OK button.

After that, Windows 10 will stop downloading updates automatically on your computer. However, one can continue to install updates manually from Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and clicking the Check for updates  button.

If you want to continue with Automatic Updates in Windows 10, in Step 7, select Not Configured.

That’s it.

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