Stop Updates in Windows 10 [3 Ways]

Updated to Windows 10? Yes, then you must be irritated with its policy of forced updates. Although updates are good but not always, It is good to get security patches and get safe from various types of viruses. In this scenario we need to have unlimited internet else your internet data will be consumed in downloading windows updates.

People mailed me how do I stop windows automatic updates so with respect to that Solution exist is posting a tutorial on How to Stop windows auto-updated and let me tell you are right place. This tutorial includes the simplest way to stop windows 10 update. Not everyone is a fan of Windows updates and most of us disable windows updates, but unlike Windows 7, 8 we can’t find the option to disable windows updates.

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Windows crash, and several errors such as Windows 10 error 0x8000ffff has been observed frequently after windows update just because Microsoft had pushed unstable updates to the users and had sometimes it is found that windows crashing problem because of the update is very common. Hence, we came up with a solution i.e. how to stop windows update permanently. Without wasting more time, let’s dive into the tutorial to turn off windows update.

Methods to stop Windows 10 Update – Disable windows 10 update

Method 1: Stop The Windows Update Service – how to stop windows update in progress

As central as it is to the core of Windows 10, Windows Update is actually just another Windows process so it can be stopped with these simple steps:

Step 1 – Open the Run (Win + R), and type: services.msc.

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Step 2 – From the Services list  find the Windows Update service and open it.

Step 3 – Firstly click on Stop and make service status Stopped.

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Step 4 – Now In ‘Startup Type’ (under the ‘General’ tab) change it to ‘Disabled

Step 5 – And you are done here…!!

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Method 2: – Setup A Metered Connection – Disable windows 10 automatic update –

You can metered connection to stop downloading updates in windows 10. Note – You can only meter WiFi connection and can’t metered your Ethernet connection. Method to metered your Ethernet connection is little bit tricky.

  1. Open the Settings app from Start Menu.
  2. Open the ‘Network & Internet’ option.
  3. Open ‘Wi-Fi’ and click “Advanced Options”.
  4. Toggle ‘Set as metered connection’ to “On”

Method 3: – Group Policy Editor

Step 1 – Open the Run command (Win + R), in it type: gpedit.msc and press enter.

Step 2 – Navigate to: Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Update and in that open Configure automatic Updates.

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Step 3 – Open this and change the Configure Automatic Updates setting to Disabled.


Step41 – Open the Settings app (Win + I) and navigate to → Update and Security→ Windows Updates. Click ‘Check for updates’ which applies the new configuration setting.

Step 5 – Restart you PC.

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Note – As you changed the Registry, whenever new updates become available, you’ll receive a notification in Action Center, but updates won’t download and install until you follow these steps.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the Download button.

Now suppose, windows update is already started and you want to stop it, you won’t find a direct stop or cancel button right infront so that you can do it easily. You have to do come clicks in order to stop windows 10 update in progress.

How to stop windows 10 update in progress

  1. Firstly turn on computer and login to your windows.
  2. Now click on search button besides start button and search for “services”.
  3. Now open it and scroll the list of available services and search for the “Background Intelligent transfer services” and open it.
  4. Here in General tab, if your windows updated is in progress, Service status will be running.
  5. It it is running, then click on Stop button below the service status.
  6. Now click on Startup type down-arrow and select Disabled and then select OK.

In this way, you can stop running windows 10 update in progress.

FAQ (Stop automatic update in Windows 10)

How to stop getting windows 10 update notification?

Windows 10 allows you to turn off update notification and the procedure is given below.
Navigate to StartUpdate & Security > Windows UpdateAdvanced options. Now Turn off the Show a notification when your PC requires a restart to finish updating.

How to force stop windows update?

You can open the services app and then search for Background intelligent transfer services. Now click on the stop button to stop windows update progress.

How to uninstall Windows 10 Update Assistant permanently?

To uninstall update assistant, you need to open the Control panel then search for Programs > Programs and Features. Now scroll and search for Windows update assistant and uninstall it.

Wrapping Up

This was the guide on how to stop windows update in progress and also how to stop Windows 10 update. If you faced any problem in the steps to follow to Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows 10 then feel free to use the comment section. Don’t forget to share your thoughts in comment section. If you had some other problem then you can ask us on our Facebook page – Solution Exist and you can also join our Facebook Group Android And Windows Errors Solution where we discuss you windows and android phone related problems and provide you a solution.

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Ronak Prajapatit is a Chemical Engineer by profession and a Part-Time blogger. He is a passionate tech blogger who likes to share his knowledge and helped to troubleshoot problems of computers and PC.

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