How to Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10

How to Turn Off Windows update in Windows 10
Windows update is a feature in the Windows operating system that is used to automatically download and install the latest updates to our computer. Keeping our computer up to date will ensure that our computer system is protected from the latest threats and minimize the risks of security breaches. But sometimes, it is better to hold off on an update until the major issues were resolved. Usually, when a new update of the Windows 10 is released, it may still contain unknown bugs or other compatibility issues. For example, Microsoft has pulled the Windows 10 October 2018 (version 1809) from Windows Update as many people were affected by the file deletion issue after updating.

Unlike previous version of Windows, you no longer have the control over a Windows update in Windows 10 as they’re mandatory. Your computer system running on Windows 10 will automatically download and apply the latest updates to your computer whenever an update is available. Fortunately, there are some ways to turn off the Windows update in Windows 10. We’ll guide you through the steps to turn off Windows update in Windows 10 so that you can delay the process or only perform the update when you confirm it won’t bring any potential harm to your computer system.

Method 1: Disable the Windows Update Service

Press on the Windows logo key and R key on your keyboard at the same time. This will open the Run command. Type services.msc in the open box and click on OK button.
Run services.msc

This will open the Services window. Scroll down until you see the Windows Update. Double click on it and change the Startup type to Disabled. Then click Stop button under service status. Click Apply and OK button to apply the changes. Restart your computer so that the changes can take effect.
Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10

Method 2: Turn on Metered Connection

By turning on metered connection, Microsoft will assume that you are on a limited data plan connection (even if you’re not) and won’t download Windows updates on your computer. This is the easiest method to stop Windows 10 from updating and is workable on all Windows 10 editions, including Windows 10 Home. To apply this method, click on the search icon in the bottom left of your screen. Type wi-fi on the search box and select Change Wi-Fi Settings under the Best Match.
Change WiFi settings Windows 10

Select your current Wi-Fi connection under Wi-Fi. Under Metered Connection, toggle the Set as metered connection to turn on the switch.
Metered Connection Windows 10

There are many different methods available to turn off Windows update in Windows 10 but the above two methods are the easiest. You just learned how to turn off Windows update in Windows 10 but do note it’s important that you should always keep your Windows 10 up to date as some updates are crucial and important to keep your computer system safe.


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