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How to Disable Windows 10 Update

Previously (Windows 7 and earlier) one had a choice whether to update their Operating System or not. Windows Updates have their disadvantages like an update that doesn’t support some device drivers. For some here in Uganda, Windows Updates will *eat* up your data in just a matter of seconds before you even use the internet for what you intended.

Unfortunately, Windows 10 comes with what is called Forced or Automatic Updates. This could be bad news for thiose with limited data bundles.

Another example where windows updates can be a menace is a school computer lab. Imagine when all 50 computers decide to update, the internet can slow down to almost a halt. …and if the school subscribes to limited bundles, explaining who used the data can be tricky. So what options do we have?

Disable Windows 10 Updates using Local group Policy

The Local Group Policy Editor available on Windows 10 Pro includes policies to permanently disable automatic updates or change the Windows Update settings to decide when patches should be installed on the computer.

To disable automatic updates on Windows 10 permanently, use these steps:

  1. Press Windows key + R on the keyboard.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter. This launches Local Group Policy Editor.

3. Navigate to the following path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

4. Double click on Configure Automatic Updates policy (On right side).

5. Check the Disabled option to turn off automatic updates permanently on Windows 10.

6. Click Apply and OK buttons.

After you complete the steps, the system will stop downloading updates automatically. However, the ability to check for updates manually will continue to be available on Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and clicking the Check for updates button to download the most recent patches.

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