How to Disable Windows 10 Updates on Your PC – Tech Tricks Today

05/29/2019     Author: Billy Gray

Isn’t it annoying when you restart your PC and it decides to update Windows 10. You’re left waiting for half an hour for it to finish. Here’s how to stop them.


Windows 10 updates can be pretty annoying. Your computer is running a little slow, so you reboot it in the hope that this will speed things up and WHAM! You’re sucker punched in the side of the face by a Windows 10 update. Son of a… The next 20 minutes of your life will revolve around staring at a blue screen with “Updating: 100% Complete” written on it. Then comes the configuration. Oh God, the configuration. Make it stop. Make it all stop!

Here’s how to make it stop.

Windows 10 updates: The good, the bad, the ugly

You’ve been brought here because your computer is being a pain in the ass. Specifically, Windows 10 updates are being thrown at you like flaming arrows and you’re getting fed up with it. We feel your pain, reader. We’ve been there ourselves.


Windows 10 automatically updates to ensure that your computer is secure and up-to-date with the latest funky features. It’s worth noting that first part: updating Windows will help keep your computer secure from malware and other threats. As Microsoft discovers weaknesses in their own system, they patch over them and roll out an updated version of Windows 10 to ensure that everyone is protected.

For this reason, it’s worth actually updating your Windows to the latest version from time to time. But you can do this manually – there’s no reason to have automatic updates forcing themselves on you at inconvenient times. Choose your own convenience.

On top of this, you get any new features that Microsoft has decided to include and updated versions of all the little tools that make your operating system tick. Cortana often gets a facelift, too.


While there are benefits to automatic updates for Windows 10 – chiefly that you won’t forget to do it – there are some reasons why you should wait a while and manually install the updates later.

First of all, they’re really annoying. They come at random times without any real notice and this is a little invasive. Why shouldn’t you be able to choose when to update the damn thing?

One more reason you’ll want to stop auto-updates is that the early versions can be buggy. Sometimes Microsoft will turn around after a month and patch an update because it isn’t working properly or it’s causing issues with some software on people’s computers. It’s better to wait a while after the update has been released so that they have time to see how it works and fix any bugs. After this, you can install it on your PC without having to worry about it bugging out.

So, without further ado…

How to stop automatic Windows 10 updates

Stopping Windows 10 from automatically updating is actually really easy and doesn’t require you to geek out all afternoon.

  1. Press Start and search for Control Panel.
  2. From there, go to Administrative Tools and then
  3. Scroll down to Windows Update.
  4. Right click on it, go to
  5. Go to Startup Type and choose Disable.
  6. That’s it. Simples.

This will stop Windows 10 from updating. It’s worth going back in and changing this every month or so, just to make sure that you’re up-to-date with the best version of Windows 10.

The more geeky route

There is another way to disable automatic updates from Windows 10. This way involves more complex geeking out and is ideal for people who’ve taken a day off work and are looking for an excuse to make themselves feel productive.


  1. Go to Start and type msc and launch the first result that appears.
  2. Follow this path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.
  3. Find the policy called Configure Automatic Updates and double click it.
  4. Press Turn off, then Apply and finally,
  5. All done.

How to manually install Windows 10 updates

Now that you’ve stopped Windows 10n from automatically updating, you’re going to want to know how to manually install updates to make sure that you don’t fall to far behind. Leaving Windows running at an out-of-date version for too long increases your risk of being hacked of infected with malware. This is how the WannaCry virus managed to infect hundreds of thousands of computers around the world and ground entire parts of the British National Health Service to a halt.

To manually install Windows 10 updates, simply follow these steps.

  1. Go to
  2. Choose Update & Security.
  3. Go to Windows Update.
  4. Click Check for updates.
  5. If anything comes up, then install it.

Final note

None of us like automatic updates, especially when they’re unscheduled. They’re an invasive pain in the backside that always seem to come at the wrong time.

That being said, we cannot stress the importance of keeping yourself up-to-date enough. It’s really important to make sure that all your apps and software are running at the latest versions to ensure that they’re secure.

Oftentimes, updates are released specifically to patch up a security flaw that has been discovered. Once the update is live, hackers can analyze it and see what was changed, thus exposing the security flaw in the older version. In this way, your device can become vulnerable.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

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