On Windows 10, Microsoft no longer integrates the option to turn off updates completely, but the update process will take place automatically. Now to turn off Windows 10 update, prevent Windows 10 from automatically updating or turn off the automatic update feature on Windows 10, you will have to do it manually.
1. Turn off updates on Windows 10 with services.msc
To turn off updates on Windows 10, follow these instructions:
Step 1: Press Windows+R to open run > type services.msc > press Enter or press Windows+E and paste the following path in the path bar:
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools\services
Step 2: Find the Windows Update section (scroll down near the bottom), double-click it to open the Properties window.
Step 3: At the General tab, click Stop under Service status, then find Startup type > click the arrow in the box and select Disabled.
Step 4: Click OK to save the changes, restart the computer and check the Windows Update feature again.
2. Turn off Windows 10 updates with Group Policy Editor
To turn off the automatic update feature on Windows 10, follow the steps below:
Open the Group Policy Editor, press Windows key + R to open the Run command window, then type gpedit.msc there and press Enter. If you are using Windows 10 Home, you may not be able to find Group Policy Editor, follow method 1 or activate Group Policy Editor for Win 10 Home.
On the Group Policy Editor window, navigate to the key:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
Find Configure Automatic Update, double-click it and select Disabled, then proceed to save the changes.
3. Use EaseUS Tools M to block Windows 10 updates
Download EaseUS Tools M and install it on your computer. This tool has been checked by Virus Total and does not detect viruses
To install EaseUS Tools M you just need to double-click the downloaded toolsm.exe file then click Next and wait to click Finish.
Next, run EaseUS Tools M and access Windows Update
The tool will automatically detect the status of the Windows Update service. If Windows Update is enabled, click Disable to block updates
To check if EaseUS Tools M is really working or not you can press the Windows button then type Services. Right click on Services and select Run as administrator
In the list of services, find and right-click Windows Update and then select Properties. You will see this service is being stopped
You can also use EaseUS Tools M to clean your computer. This tool supports deleting junk files, temporary files to free up space as well as speed up the computer.
4. Block Windows 10 from updating for 365 days
In the Registry on Windows 10 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909 and 2004, there is an option that allows you to select the specific version of Windows you want to use.
Additionally, the ‘TargetReleaseVersionInfo’ entry in the Registry also allows users to disable downloading of feature updates for up to 365 days. If you want to use a specific version of Windows 10, you can follow these steps to change the Registry:
- Press Windows + R, type regedit.
- Navigate to
- Right click on “Windows Update”.
- Select “New”.
- Select “DWORD (32-bit) Value” and name it TargetReleaseVersion.
- Set the value of “TargetReleaseVersion” to 1.
- Right click on the “Windows Update” folder again.
- Select “New” and click “String Value”.
Name it “TargetReleaseVersionInfo” and enter the Windows 10 version number as the value.
- You can also enable this feature using PowerShell. To delay the update using PowerShell, run the command with the following syntax:
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate /f /v TargetReleaseVersionInfo /t REG_SZ /d XXXX
- In the above command syntax, you need to replace “XXXX” with the version of Windows 10 you want to continue using.
5. Block Windows 10 updates in regedit
You type regedit in the search box, press Enter to open the registry window. Copy and paste the following link into the address bar just below the File|Edit|View|Favorites|Help menu:
Double-click NoAutoUpdate, in Value data, enter 1 and then click OK as shown:
After completion the value of NoAutoUpdate will now be 0x00000001(1). If you want to let Windows 10 update automatically again, change the Value data value in the step above to 0.
6. Pause Windows Update on Windows 10 via Settings
Find Pause updates > Pause until > you choose the date you want to update Windows 10.
Then return to the Windows Update interface, you will see a message that the update has been postponed to the date you selected as successful:
7. Postponing Updates on Windows 10
1. On a Windows 10 computer, open the Start Menu.
2. Go to Settings.
3. When the Settings window opens, click on Network & Internet.
4. Click on Wi-Fi in the left pane.
5. Now click Manage known networks.
6. Click the wireless connection name > click the Properties button.
7. Now, scroll down to find the heading Metered Connections.
8. Then turn on the Set as metered connection button.
This way, you can pause Windows 10 updates for a while in case you’ve run out of monthly usage.