How to Turn Off Automatic Updates for Windows 10

Prevent your Windows 10 device from updating automatically

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Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft Windows, is set to automatically update whenever Microsoft releases new updates. However, as an end-user, you might not want some updates to install immediately. In times like those, it'll be good to know how to turn off automatic updates on Windows 10.

Does the Windows 10 Edition matter?

There are two editions of Windows 10 available to regular consumers: Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional.

Depending on which Windows 10 Edition you own, you might have more or fewer options to prevent Windows 10 from updating when it wants to. Fortunately, even Windows 10 Home has a way to stop Windows 10 updates.

How to Stop the Windows 10 Update Service

These steps apply to both Windows 10 Home and Professional. However, it will completely disable Windows Updates; you'll need to revert these changes when there's an update you'd like to apply.

  1. Launch Windows services by Press Windows key+R. Once the Run window launches, type "services.msc" and select OK.

  2. Once the Services window opens, find and select Windows Update, then select the Stop icon to stop the service.

  3. Once the service has stopped, right-click Windows Update and select Properties.

  4. In the Properties window, select the Startup type dropdown menu, then select Disabled. Select Apply, then select OK.

  5. Exit the Services window and enjoy your Windows 10 device free of updates.

Turn off Automatic Updates Using Windows 10's Update Settings

If you own Windows 10 Professional, you can modify the Windows Update settings to defer updates or pause them entirely.

  1. Open the start menu and launch Windows Update.

  2. Select Advanced Options.

  3. To Pause updates, set the Pause Updates toggle switch to On and updates will be paused.

    This setting only disables updates temporarily for 35 days. You'll need to turn Pause Updates off and back on for the count to start over.

  4. To defer updates instead, select the desired Window Update servicing channel from the first dropdown menu, then set how long you'd like to defer the Feature Updates and the Quality Updates.

    Feature updates can be deferred for up to 365 days, while quality updates can be deferred for up to 30 days.

  5. Enjoy a Windows 10 device with updates temporarily disabled. To revert the changes, go to your Windows Update settings and ensure the defer days are set to 0 and the servicing channel is set to Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted).