Microsoft started challenging well-established norms with the release of Windows 8. It took a refreshing new approach towards UI, and introduced a lot of new features as well. Some things didn’t change though, like the fact that users retained the option to turn off automatic updates whenever they wanted. This option persisted until Windows 8, despite that fact that Microsoft strongly recommended users to avoid it. Turning these updates off can have adverse effects on your computer, as it leaves the system exposed to several security threats. This is the reason you cannot disable Windows 10 updates unless you have an enterprise edition of the OS. If you are confident about your system’s integrity and privacy, you might feel comfortable enough to disable Windows 10 updates. There is a somewhat hidden option to do this.
A few days back we covered the method to disable Windows 10 updates for specific drivers. The current guide is not too different from the previously discussed method. The MS update tool can obviously be used to disable Windows 10 updates for all drivers, but still the overall OS updates might keep getting pushed to you. To turn everything off, here is what to do.
Disable Windows 10 Updates
- Using the search function in Windows 10, open Control Panel. You can open it directly as well.
- Go to ‘Administrative Tools’, which are located on the main Control Panel screen.
- Look for the option named ‘Services’ and click it.
- Within Services, there is an entry named ‘Windows Updates’. This is the field that controls all updates, and through it users can easily change the way Windows 10 updates are displayed and installed.
- Right-click the Windows Update option. Select ‘Properties, which leads to a new menu that can be used to disable Windows 10 updates completely.
- From the ‘Startup type’ drop-down menu, choose the ‘Disabled’ option.
- Exit the Administrative Tools’ menu. Restart the machine for good measure.
Without automatic updates, you won’t have to worry about unexpected restarts. While the above method helps you get rid of automatic updates, you should still keep enabling them from time to time. This ensures that any important patches rolled out by Microsoft are installed on your machine.