How To Disable or Turn off Windows 10 Update?

Microsoft Windows 10

There are so many versions of Microsoft Windows available like; Windows XP (Support has officially closed by Microsoft), Windows Vista, 7, 8.1 and the latest is Windows 10. Microsoft has developed a new operating system that is Windows 10. But many of the users face a similar problem in it. In Windows 10, user doesn’t have the control to stop updating software updates in it. Microsoft mandate to download and install automatically to ensure your device stays up to date and functional. But still many of the users are looking for the way to turn off Windows 10 update. This article will show you that how you can prevent or stop automatic download and install Windows 10 update.

Stop, Disable, Turn off Windows 10 Update

How to disable or turn off Windows 10 updates? You must be looking for this answer. Yes, we can disable or turn off windows 10 update by making little changes in windows update services. The method given below will work with Windows 10 Home & Professional. Follow the steps given below to stop automatically updating your Windows 10:

Step 1. Go to “Control Panel”. To open control panel, Right-click on “Start Menu” and select control panel. Stop, Disable, Turn off Windows 10 Update Click To Tweet

disable windows 10 update

Step 2. Navigate and click on “Administrative Tools”.

Step 3. Double click on “Services” to open it.

Step 4. In the Services” window, scroll down to “Windows Update” and double click to open its properties.

Stop, Disable, Turn off Windows 10 Update

Step 5. In windows update properties; under “General” Tab, go to “Startup Type:” and from the drop down, select “Disabled” and click Stop Tab just below and then, click Apply and OK button.

turn off windows 10 update

By doing the above steps, Windows update settings have been saved. Now, you may close all the opened windows from your screen. If you wish to update windows, you will have to go back to the Services and turn it on occasionally to download and update your Windows.

Turn off Windows 10 Update – Windows 10 Professional

If you are using Windows 10 professional, then, we have another option to disable, turn off Windows 10 updates from its Group Policies. Follow the steps given below:

Step 1. Open “Run” dialog box. Press “Win + R” to open Run dialog box. Type, “mmc” and hit Enter or click OK. MMC stands for Microsoft Management Console.

Step 2. The Microsoft Management Console windows will appear. Go to File Menu and select “Add/Remove Snap-in”.

Microsoft Management Console

Step 3. You will see a number of services list in this console window. Locate and double click on “Group Policy Object” and it will open a new screen. Do not change anything on this screen. Just click on “Finish” button to continue.

stop windows 10 from updating

Step 4. Now you can see “Local Computer Policy” is added under console root on the right side of previous screen automatically. Just need to click on OK button to continue.

Step 5. Now locate the following path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update. Then, go to the right pane and select and double click on “Configure Automatic Updates”.

turn off Windows 10 updates

Step 6. Configure Automatic Updates screen will come up with certain options. Select “Enabled”. Then, under “Options” from the drop-down, select “2 – Notify for download and auto install”. Finally, click Apply and OK to save above settings.

turn off windows 10 updates

If you will get a prompt to save the console settings, click Yes to continue. After doing above settings, rebooting the computer is mandatory. By rebooting the Windows, above settings will be affecting your Windows. Now on, your Window 10 will not download and install updates by its own. It will notify you if any update is pending to download. It’s up to you that you want to download and install or not. Stop, Disable, Turn off Windows 10 Update Click To Tweet


I don’t recommend that you disable, stop or turn off automatic Windows 10 Updates. Updates are good for computer time to time launched by Microsoft for bug fixes, improvements and reliability of the operating system. If you see your computer is fine with downloads in the background and does not affect your work, it is not advisable to disable or turn off windows 10 update.

Share This Post To Help Others!!

Leave a Reply