Updates are automatically installed on Windows 10, this guide will help you regain control and decide when to install which update. There are two ways to prevent auto updates:

  1. Using Local Group Policy Editor.
  2. Using Registry.

Preventing Automatic Updates Using Local Group Policy Editor

Step 1: Use Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the run command window.

Step 2: Type in gpedit.msc to open the local group policy editor.

Step 3: Go to the following path:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update

Step 4: Right-click the "Configure Automatic Updates policy" and then click on Edit.

Configure Automatic Updates policy

Step 5: Check the Enabled option to enable the policy.

Step 6: You will have four options to choose from:

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 setting."

Probably, 2 - "Notify for download and notify for install" is the best option for you.

Notify for download and notify for install.

Step 7: Click Apply.

Step 8: Click OK.

When new updates are released, you will receive a notification in the Action Center. The new updates won't be downloaded or installed until you perform the following steps:

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Click Update and Security.

Step 3: Click Windows Update.

Step 4: Click Download and restart your PC to complete the process.

Preventing Automatic Updates Using the Registry

Step 1: Use Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the run command window.

Step 2: Type regedit and click OK to open the registry.

Step 3: Go to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Step 4: Right-click the window. Scroll to New and then click on Key.

Step 5: Provide WindowsUpdate as the new key name and click on Key.

Step 6: Right-click the key you created in the above step, scroll to New and click Key.

Create a new registry key

Step 7: Name the new key AU and press Enter.

Step 8: Choose the key AU. Right click on the right side. Scroll to New and click DWORD (32-bit) value.

Create a new key AU

Step 9: Name the new key AUOptions and press the Enter key.

Step 10: Double click the AUOptions key and change it's value to '2' which means: Notify for download and notify for install.

Available options are:

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."

Set value to 2

Step 11: Click OK.

Step 12: Close the registry.

When new updates are released, you will receive a notification in the Action Center. Updates won't be installed until you download and install them by following these steps:

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Click Update and security.

Step 3: Click Windows Update.

Step 4: Click Download.

Step 5: Click Restart to complete the task.

How to Stop Windows 10 Auto Updates

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