How to Stop or Disable Windows 10 Automatic Update Permanently

Have you ever experienced getting frustrated by the way your computer forces you to update Windows 10? I bet almost everyone feels the same way. Well, I have some very good news because there are many ways to disable the automatic update on Windows 10.

Below you will find four ways that you can try to disable automatic Windows 10 update. Before we get into that, there is one thing that you must do in order to ensure that these solutions will work; that is, either to complete uninstall or disable Windows 10 Update Assistant.

disable update assistant windows 10

To disable Windows 10 Update Assistant, you must go to Task Scheduler and then select Task Scheduler Library. After that, go to Microsoft -> Windows -> Update Orchestrator, and then you should click on the Update Assistant option found in the right pane. Remember to turn off each trigger in the Triggers tab. Now, here are the four ways to disable automatic Windows 10 update:

Part 1. Turn Off Windows Update Service
Part 2. Change Group Settings
Part 3. Meter Network Connection
Part 4. Modify Installation Settings

 

Part 1: Disable Windows 10 Update by Turning off Windows Update Service

An easy and simple way to turn off the automatic update of Windows 10 is to disable the Windows Update Service. Now, here are the steps that you should follow:

Step 1: Press the Windows logo key together with the R key.

Step 2: A Run dialog box appears. Type the command services.msc on the text box provided. After that, click on the OK button.

Step 3: This will prompt the Services dialog box to appear. Simply scroll down and double-click on Windows Update from the list of services available. This will prompt the Windows Update Properties dialog box to appear. From the General tab, choose Disabled as the Startup type. After that, click the Apply and OK button to save the changes made.

Windows update service

Note: If this is the first time that you are trying to disable the automatic update of Windows 10, then an additional step is required. Upon saving the changes you made, go to the Recovery tab and choose the Take No Action option under the First failure section. After that, click the Apply and OK button to save your changes.

Part 2: Stop Windows 10 Automatic Update Permanently by Changing Group Policy

Before you proceed with this method, do take note that the Group Policy feature isn't supported in the Home edition of Windows 10; it only works with Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, or Education. Otherwise, you're better off using another means to disable the automatic update of Windows 10. For those who wish to proceed, here are the steps.

Step 1: Press the Windows logo key together with the R key. The Run dialog box will then appear. Type the command gpedit.msc on the text box provided. After that, click on the OK button.

Step 2: This will prompt another dialog box to appear. Go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative templates -> Windows components -> Windows update.

Step 3: Double-click on the Configure Automatic Updates option. Then, select the Disabled option found on the upper left side of the Configured Automatic Updates dialog box. After that, click on the Apply and OK button.

Windows 10 update group policy

Part 3: Turn Off Automatic Update in Windows 10 by Metering Network Connection

Some people may not be aware of it, but there is one obvious way that you could do to disable automatic Windows 10 update: by setting your Wi-Fi network as metered connection. By doing this, Windows won't push through with the automatic update since it will assume that you have a limited data plan.

Step 1: Go to Start menu and click on the Settings option.

Step 2: Open the Network and Internet menu. Then, select Wi-Fi from the sub-menu found on the left pane. select a Wi-Fi connection from the available networks detected by your device.

Step 3: Turn on the Set as metered connection option.

set as metered connection

Note: This method will not work if the computer that you are using wireed connection to Ethernet since Windows will recognize that you have unlimited data at your disposal.

Part 4: Block Automatic Windows 10 Update by Changing Device Installation Settings

If you are connecting to the Internet via Ethernet, then this is a good alternative solution. In order to turn off the automatic update of Windows 10, please take a good read of the steps in below.

Step 1: From the search box, type control panel. Once the results show the Control Panel, click on it.

Step 2: Go to System -> Advanced System Settings.

Step 3: A dialog box will subsequently pop up. Now, go to the Hardware tab and click on the Device Installation Settings button.

Step 4: When asked if you want to download the manufacturer's apps and custom icons automatically, just select the No (your device might not work as expected). Then, click on the Save changes button to save all the current changes made. Then, you just need to click on the OK button.

Windows 10 device installation settings

Summary:

You have to spend some time digging out how to correctly perform the steps listed in above tutorial. Actually, it is not tough at all but you have to try them out as you like. Not a single method would apply to all Windows version. So don't get frustrated if one method failed. Keep trying and you will find the right solution by your own.