Stop windows from updating automatically
If you want to prevent Windows 10 from downloading updates automatically, we’ll show you how to do it.A lot of software these days is updated automatically, including web browsers and the operating system on Google Chromebooks.Windows Update really wants to automatically update on Windows 10.Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10 have access to group policy and registry settings for this, but even Home editions of Windows 10 give you a way to stop updates from automatically downloading.Plenty contain important security patches and bug fixes.
Depending on your version of Windows, this could mean downloading but not installing the updates, notifying but not downloading them, or even disabling Windows Update completely.
You install this like any other program after downloading it, by clicking on the downloaded file in your browser, or heading to your downloads folder and double-clicking it.
The troubleshooter should start and show a welcome screen.
Below are for changing/disabling Windows Update in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, and Windows XP. 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.One of the issues with the forced and automatic updates in Windows 10 is that - on occasion - a broken update will be included and fail to install.