Microsoft has made it all but impossible to disable Windows updates in Windows 10. Fortunately, there are still a couple methods you can use to disable them, whether you are running Windows 10 Home, Pro, or another edition.
What edition of Windows am I running?
Determining which edition of Windows you have will decide what method works best for you to disable the automatic updates. You can figure this out by searching for ‘this pc’ in the Start menu, right-clicking on This PC, and opening the Properties menu.
You’ll see your edition of Windows near the top of this page:
If you have the Home edition, you should disable Windows updates by setting a metered connection. Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions can disable updates using Group Policy Editor. We’ll go over both methods below.
Setting a metered connection
Microsoft has taken into consideration that some people have data caps, especially for mobile connections. There’s a setting you can configure that will basically tell Windows not to download updates automatically because it may result in additional charges for you.
We can exploit this feature by setting your internet connection as a metered connection. Even if you have unlimited data, Windows won’t know the difference.
To configure your connection, open the Start menu and click on Settings.
In the Settings page, click on Network & Internet
The menu for your current network connection will appear, and from here you can click on ‘Change connection properties’
Scroll down until you find the metered connection setting, and flip it on.
That should be all you need to do, but keep in mind that this setting will only apply to your current connection. If you connect to a different network in the future (such as a different Wi-Fi network), then you will need to apply this setting again.
It’s also worth noting that Windows still seems to download high priority updates, such as Flash security patches (despite having a metered connection), but won’t download cumulative updates.
Group Policy Editor
Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions have an easier time disabling Windows updates because those editions have access to the Group Policy Editor.
To get started, open Group Policy Editor by typing ‘group policy’ into the Start menu.
In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update, and then find ‘Configure Automatic Updates’ in the right pane.
Double-click on that setting to open it. In this window, you have a few options. You can click on ‘Enabled’ and then select a more granular setting just below that:
Or, to prevent Windows from notifying you about updates in any way ever, you can click on ‘Disabled’ and save your settings by clicking OK.
Use this setting at your own discretion, as it will effectively cause Windows to function under the belief that updates don’t even exist. The only time you will interact with Windows Update at all is if you purposely open it and click ‘check for updates’.