How To Disable Windows 10 Automatic Update – Are you using Windows? Did you notice that Windows are updating automatically and sometims when the update finished you’ll be forced to restart? Well, Windows Update exists to help make it easy to keep Windows up to date with the latest patches, service packs, and other updates.
When you first turned on your new computer or were finishing your Windows operating system install, you told Windows Update how you wanted it to act. Sometimes you need to change how it works to avoid repeating an auto-update issue.
Depending on your version of Windows, this could mean downloading but not installing the updates, notifying you but not downloading them, or even disabling Windows Update completely. Changing how Windows updates are downloaded and installed should only take you a few minutes at most.
Microsoft made changes to the location and wording of Windows Update and its settings almost every time a new version of Windows was released. Below are three sets of instructions for changing/disabling Windows Update in Windows 10.
How to Change Windows Update Settings in Windows 10
Tap or click on the Start button, followed by Settings. You’ll need to be on the Windows 10 Desktop to do this.
From Settings, tap or click on Update & security.
Choose Windows Update from the menu on the left, assuming it’s not already selected.
Tap or click on the Advanced options link on the right, which will open a window headlined Choose how updates are installed. The various settings on this page control how Windows 10 will download and install updates for the operating system, and perhaps other software, from Microsoft.
Tip: I highly recommend that you do the following: select Automatic (recommended) from the drop-down, check Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows., and do not check the Defer upgrades option. All things considered, this is the safest way to go.
Changes to Windows Update settings in Windows 10 are saved automatically once you make them. Once you’re done selecting or deselecting things, you can close the Advanced Options window that’s open.
Here are more details on all the “advanced” Windows Update settings that are available to you in Windows 10:
Automatic (recommended): Choose this option to automatically download and install updates of all kind – both important security patches as well as not-as-important non-security updates, like feature improvements and minor bugs.
Notify to schedule restart: Choose this option to automatically download updates of all kind – security, and non-security. Updates that don’t require a restart will install right away but ones that do won’t restart your computer without your permission.
Tip: There is no official way to turn off automatic updating in Windows 10, nor is there a straightforward way to disable Windows Update altogether. You could try setting your Wi-Fi connection as metered, which would prevent update downloading (and of course installing) but I don’t recommend that you do that.
Here’s what some of that other stuff on the Advanced Options screen is for:
Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows: This is pretty self-explanatory. I recommend checking this option so other Microsoft programs you have installed will get automatic updates too, like Microsoft Office.
(Updates for your Windows Store apps are handled in the Store. Open Settings from the Store and then toggle on or off the Update apps automatically option.)
Defer upgrades: Checking this lets you wait several months or more before major non-security updates will automatically install, like the ones that introduce new features to Windows 10. Defer upgrades does not impact security related patches and is not available in Windows 10 Home.
Choose how updates are delivered: These options allow you to enable or disable the downloading, as well as the uploading, of Windows Update related files around your local network or even the entire internet. Participating in the Updates from more than one place program helps speed up the Windows Update process in Windows 10.
Get insider builds: If you see it, it allows you to sign up to get early versions of major updates to Windows 10. When enabled, you’ll have Fast or Slow options, indicating how soon after these Windows 10 test versions are made available that you’ll get them.