Windows – Stopping all automatic updates Windows 10

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We've upgraded some machines to Windows 10 and realized there were some updates which updated as required. However, I realized there was no option available to stop the download similar to that on Windows 7 and 8.1. The only way I could stop the download was to stop the Windows Update service.

My question is does anyone know of a way to stop auto updates or is stopping the service is the only solution?

Best Answer

if you have the Pro Edition, open group policy editor (gpedit.msc) search for the Configure automatic updates entry, located at:

computer configuration → administrative templates → windows components → windows update

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and select Notify for download and notify for install.

When Windows detects new updates it shows a toast notification.

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You can also use the troubleshooter from Update KB3073930 to disable some problematic updates, so that they are not installed again.

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This is the official way from Microsoft to prevent setup of unwanted updates and drivers.

But there is a 3rd party tool called Windows Update MiniTool which allows to select which updates can be installed and allows to block updates like you could in former Windows versions.

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An alternative to the standard Windows Update What you can do:
• Check for updates
• Download updates
• Installing Updates
• Deleting installed updates
Hiding unwanted updates
• Get direct links to the *.cab / *.Exe / *.Psf update files
• View update history
Configure Automatic Updates
• This tool is like the external powershell module PSWindowsUpdate, but much more advanced and user-friendly features
• The tool relies and use same WU infrastructure, all downloading are through WU it's not a downloader

The user slavanap posted a 2nd tool in a comment which allows you to selectively install updates. It is called Windows10 Manual Update and is available on github:

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In the Windows 10 creators Update, there is an option to stop Windows Updates for 35 days:

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under Settings App where the Windows Update options are.

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