How to Turn Off or Disable Updates in Windows 10

By default, in Windows 10 all Windows updates are automatically downloaded and installed without notifying its user. Microsoft has enforced automatic Windows updates on Windows 10.

Though, this may not be a problem (more helpful actually) as the Windows updates keep your computer/laptop up-to-date with the latest available features and fixes, there are cases that it affects the computer’s performance.

Specifically, slowing down your Internet connection (as updates are downloaded and installed in the background) and also eats up your bandwidth (quite troublesome for those Internet connection plans or data plans that has cap*.

(*Internet bandwidth cap or data cap limits the transfer of data and restrict the amount of bandwidth you can use. Once you hit or reach the data cap, your ISP or Internet Service Provider could either throttle down your Internet connection speed or charge you with extra depending on the bandwidth you have used.)

Steps to Turn Off or Disable Updates in Windows 10

Below is a video tutorial that will completely turn off and disable the updates in your Windows 10 machine.

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Method:

1. Open the Run Dialog or Run Tool Window (press Windows key + R key on your keyboard).

2. Type in services.msc, then click OK or press Enter.

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3. Scroll down and find Windows Update.

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4. Right click, then select Properties (or just double click it).

5. Click the Stop button under the Service status (if its running).

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6. From the Startup type, select Disabled.

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7. Click Apply, and click OK.

The above method will completely turn off and disable the Windows Update in Windows 10. Take note that if you want to Enable it again, just follow the same steps above then click the Start button under the Service status, and on the Startup type, select either Manual or Automatic.

Alternatives

Looking for other methods? Below are some methods that might help you.

Defer Upgrades

Windows 10 editions (expect for Windows 10 Home) let you defer upgrades on your computer. Defer upgrades means that the new Windows features won’t be downloaded or installed automatically for several months. Enabling this will prevent you from getting the latest available Windows features.

While this method, won’t totally turn off or disable the updates in Windows 10, enabling this option can help you.

To enable Defer Updates, follow the steps below.

1. Press the Windows key, then type in “Windows Update settings”.

2. Click on the Windows Update settings, once it is shown.

3. Click the Advanced options.

4. Check the Defer upgrades option.

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Turn Off Windows Update Delivery Optimization

By default, “Delivery Optimization” is turned on in Windows 10 machines. This means that your Windows 10 computer sends parts of the updates or apps that you have downloaded using the Delivery Optimization to other computers on the Internet and on your local network. In layman’s term, other computers download on your machine thus using your Internet connection.

You can turn it off by:

1. Press the Windows key, then type in “Windows Update settings”.

2. Click on the Windows Update settings, once it is shown.

3. Click the Advanced options.

4. Click the “Choose how updates are delivered”.

5. Toggle the switch to from On, to Off.

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Setting your Internet Connection to Metered Connection

This method will also disable the automatic Windows updates, though the “Live Tiles” will no longer update properly.

1. Press the Windows key, then type in “Settings”.

2. Go to Settings, then click the “Network & Internet”.

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3. Click the Advanced options.

4. On the Metered connection, switch the “Set as metered connection” to On.

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Note that setting your Internet connection to metered connection will cause some apps to work differently. (e.g. Live Tiles not working properly.)

 

 

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