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Saturday, September 9, 2017

How to disable automatic update on windows 10

Most of my friends up till now still prefer windows 8 to windows 10 simply because of the so-called features that windows 10 lack. For example, they were pissed off when they could not find a fix on How to disable automatic updates on windows 10. They complained that a huge chunk of their limited data were used to update their windows without their approval and therefore, had to downgrade to windows 8 so that they could have a better control of their systems. Fortunately, those that are using windows 10 pro have an option to disable auto download of updates but if you are using the Windows 10 home, this option is not available for you.
Disabling windows 10 automatic updates is pretty simple. In this tutorial, I will be showing you two methods which you can use to stop automatic download of updates.

This method works only when you are on Wi-fi. In this method, we will tell our windows 10 that though we are using Wi-Fi, our data is limited and not free. This way, our windows will not attempt to download updates. Follow the simple steps below if you want to use this trick.

1. Search for Change Wi-Fi settings in the start menu and hit the ENTER button
2. Click on your Wi-Fi Name

3. Look for Metered Connection and toggle the button ON

The first method only works when we are on Wi-Fi and does not work with earthnet/Modem connection. This second method will address the issue by implementing a total disablement of automatic updates. We shall be making use of the registry in this trick as culled from Windows Central

1.Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
2.Type regedit, and click OK to open the Registry.
3.Browse the following path:


4.Right-click the Windows (folder) key, select New, and then click Key.

5.Name the new key WindowsUpdate and press Enter.

6.Right-click the newly created key, select new, and click Key.

7.Name the new key AU and press Enter.

8.Inside the newly created key, right-click on the right side, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

9.Name the new key AUOptions and press Enter.
10.Double-click the newly created key and change its value using one of the following options:

2 - "Notify for download and notify for install."
 3 - "Auto download and notify for install."
 4 - "Auto download and schedule the install."
 5 - "Allow local admin to choose settings."

11.Click OK.
12. Close the Registry to complete the task.
Although you can use any of these available values, your best choice is to change the value to 2 to configure the "Notify for download and notify for install" option. Using this value prevents Windows 10 from downloading updates automatically, and you'll get a notification when new updates are available.

After tweaking the Registry, when new updates become available, you'll receive a notification in Action Center, but updates won't download and install until you're ready and do the following:

Open Settings. Click on Update & security. Click on Windows Update.

Click the Download button.
Click the Restart button to complete the task.

That's all for the tutorial. If you have any questions, use the comment box below.

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