How Do I Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows 10?

Being a Windows user, you don’t want all the updates. Here’s How Do I Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows 10? to the step-by-step process. If you have been using a computer, you would know that the windows logo is the first thing you notice on your screen. Windows browser enables you to explore the computer applications and allows you to control the operations thoroughly.

Windows started out with various versions in 1985, some of them were quite rigid and a few others evolved later on were more user-friendly. There has been a journey of Microsoft windows versions history within a decade.

Windows Versions History 

To understand them in detail, let’s do a quick recap of Windows Versions History.

  • Windows 1.0 – 2.0 (1985-1992)
  • Windows 3.0 – 3.1 (1990-1994)
  • Windows 95 (August 1995)
  • Windows NT 3.1 – 4.0 (1993 – 1996)
  • Windows 98 (June 1998)
  • Windows ME – Millennium Edition (September 2000)
  • Windows 2000 (February 2000)
  • Windows XP (October 2001)
  • Windows Vista (November 2006)
  • Windows 7 (October, 2009)
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11

After each version, Windows experimented and based on the changed requirement of the user, it kept reinventing. Yet, there are a few things that users are still not able to get over. And the best example of this is automatic windows updates that keep coming into your system if you don’t choose to turn them off or disable them permanently. Ideally, it’s not recommended for a windows computer but a user doesn’t want these updates to occupy space in the computer unnecessarily.

How Do I Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows 10?

Here’s the step by step process:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Update & Security.
  • Open Windows Update option.
  • Select the Advanced options button.
How can you turn off automatic updates in windows10?
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Once you choose the Advance option, a window will pop up asking you to pause updates with a drop-down menu.

  • Choose the date till you want to pause the automatic updates
How can you turn off automatic updates in windows10?
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Based on the date you have chosen, the windows automatic updates will be disabled till that date. Once you reach the mentioned date, again you need to download the available patch of the window to avail of the same updates pause option.

Note: In case, at any point of time you decide to change the setting, you can change the date or undo the option you have selected, by clicking on ‘Resume Updates’ from the ‘windows update’ window.

How can you turn off automatic updates with Group Policy?

  • Go to start button.
  • Search gpedit.msc and choose the top result, it will take you to Local Group Policy Editor.
  • Navigate this path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
Turn off automatic update with group policy
  • Double-click on ‘Configure Automatic Updates’ policy appearing on the right side of the screen.
  • Select the check box button for Disabled option, (this will turn off automatic updates permanently on Windows 10)
Turn off automatic update with group policy
  • Select the ‘Apply’ button.
  • Click on OK.

Once this process is complete, automatic updates will be permanently disabled from your computer. However, you can check the manual updates in Settings.

Go to Update & Security > Windows Updates, if you select the checkbox button, you will be able to download the recent update patches.


From the above methods, you can save yourself from the unwanted automatic windows updates without following a hazardous practice that might harm your system technically. Please note that these methods are not mandatory to follow, rather it’s an optional provision for a window user.

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