From Windows 10, updates are no longer optional, they’re now mandatory, which means all updates will be downloaded and installed automatically when as they’re ready. While this mechanism looks convenient when every device will get the latest security patches, bug fixes, and improvements, not everyone likes this option. In this post, we’ll show you methods to stop automatic updates on your Windows 10 computer.

How To Block Windows 10 Automatic Update

Use Local Group Policy
If your computer is running on Windows 10 Pro, you can take advantage of Local Group Policy Editor to change the system settings so that you can keep your device away from downloading and installing updates automatically.
  1. Press Windows+ R keys to open the Run
  2. Type in gpedit.msc  to open the Local Group Policy Editor option.
  3. From there, navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update
  1. Next, double-click on the Configure Automatic Updates
  2. Choose Disabled to turn off policy.
  3. Click on Ok button when you’re done!
Windows 10 will no longer automatically download updates and you can choose any update features manually by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
Use Group Policy Editor
If disabling the policy does not help you, you can then use the Group Policy Editor to configure the Windows 10 Update options to stop updates from installing automatically. To do so:
  1. Press Windows+ R keys to open the Run
  2. Enter gpedit.msc to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update
  1. From there, double-click on the Configure Automatic Updates
  2. Click on Enable to turn on policy
  3. In the “Options” section, there will a number of options for configuring automatic updates. We advise you to choose number 2.
  4. Click on OK when you are Done.
If you want, you can also revert the changes by following the same steps above, but on step 5, choose the Not Configured option. After that, reboot your computer to apply the changes.
Use Registry
You can also stop automatic updates with the help of the Registry on your Windows 10 computer. Here’s how to do that.
  1. Press Windows+ R keys to open the Run
  2. Type in regedit to open the Registry.
  3. Go to the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  1. Click on Windows option, then choose New > Key.
  2. Set a new name for Windows Update key and hit Enter.
  3. Right-click on the created key, select New > Key.
  4. Set a name for the new key: AU and hit Enter.
  5. Right-click the created key, choose New, click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  6. Name the key: NoAutoUpdateand hit Enter.
  7. Double-click the created key and change the value from 0to 1.
  8. Click on OK when you are done!
After you finish these steps, your computer will stop getting updates automatically. However, you can still head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to force the installation of future updates.
These are three ways to stop updates in Windows 10 version. If you have any question, let’s know in the comment below.