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    Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Windows Update in Windows 10
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    How to Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Windows Update in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows 10 will automatically check for new Windows Updates at the time you have set in automatic maintenance.

    Windows 10 will automatically download and install important and critical updates by default

    Some updates are not installed automatically. This includes optional updates and updates that require you to accept new terms of use. When these updates are available, Windows Update will let you know that they're ready to be installed.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable automatic updates in Windows Update for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable or disable automatic updates.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Enable or Disable Automatic Updates using Group Policy
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Automatic Updates using a REG file
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Automatic Device Driver Installation
    • Option Four: To Enable or Disable Automatic Updates using Metered Network Connection
    • Option Five: To Enable or Disable Automatic Updates by Enabling or Disabling Windows Update service



    EXAMPLE: Automatic Updates Disabled and Disabled by Group Policy for Windows Update
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    Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Automatic Updates using Group Policy

    Note   Note
    This option is not available and will not work in Windows 10 Home. Microsoft has prevented disabling automatic updates in the Home edition.

    This option will only work in the Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions.

    This option does the same as Option Two below.

    If you use this option and manually check for updates, then the updates will still always be automatically downloaded and installed.

    If you let Windows automatically check for updates and notify you when updates are available, then this policy will let you disable automatic updates.


    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update

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    3. In the right pane of Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Configure Windows Updates policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable), step 6 (Notify), or step 7 (Never notify) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable Automatic Updates

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured at the top, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


     6. To Set Windows Update to Notify before Downloading and Installing any Updates
    Note   Note
    Recommended.


    A) Select (dot) Enabled at the top. (see screenshot below)

    B) Select 2. Notify for download and notify for install in the "Configure automatic updating" drop down menu under Options, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below.

     7. To Set Windows Update to Never Notify or Check for Updates

    A) Select (dot) Disabled at the top, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    8. When finished, close the Local Group Policy Editor.

    9. Click/tap on the Check for updates button in Windows Update to apply.

    10. Sometimes it may take a while for it to kick in to not automatically download and install updates though.






    Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Automatic Updates using a REG file

    Note   Note
    This option will not work in Windows 10 Home. Microsoft has prevented disabling automatic updates in the Home edition.

    This option will only work in the Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions.

    This option does the same as Option One above.

    If you use this option and manually check for updates, then the updates will still always be automatically downloaded and installed.

    If you let Windows automatically check for updates and notify you when updates are available, then this policy will let you disable automatic updates.


    1. Do step 2 (enable), step 3 (notify), step 4 (never notify) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable Automatic Updates

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Enable_Automatic_Updates.reg

    download


     3. To Set Windows Update to Notify before Downloading and Installing any Updates

    Note   Note
    Recommended.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Notify_before_Downloading_and_Installing_Updates.reg

    download


     4. To Set Windows Update to Never Notify or Check for Updates

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Never_Notify_or_Check_for_Updates.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. Click/tap on the Check for updates button in Windows Update, then Restart the computer when finished to apply.

    9. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.

    10. Sometimes it may take a while for it to kick in to not automatically download and install updates though.






    Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Automatic Device Driver Installation

    Note   Note
    Device Installation Settings allow you to change if Windows is to automatically download drivers and realistic icons for your devices from Windows Update.

    This option will work in all Windows 10 editions.







    Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Automatic Updates using Metered Network Connection

    Note   Note
    Windows will not automatically download available updates on a metered network connection.

    This option will work in all Windows 10 editions.







    Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Automatic Updates by Enabling or Disabling Windows Update service

    Note   Note
    If you disable the Windows Update service, Windows will no longer be able to automatically download and install updates.

    When you are ready to download and install updates, you will need to enable and start the Windows Update service again, then check for updates.

    This option will work in all Windows 10 editions.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Join Date : Jan 2015
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       2015-07-09 #1

    update: 2016 > Microsoft has disabled the Group Policy setting to stop updates
    Last edited by nt62; 2 Days Ago at 14:12.
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  2. Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       2015-07-09 #2

    Hello nt62,

    Sure, that's fine if that's what you wanted.

    It's just recommended and safer to get a notification to let you know that you have updates available so that you don't forget or miss any that you may want to install.
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  3. Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3
    Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
       2015-07-10 #3

    hello,i did two options but they didn't work on build 10130. are there another ways to disable or customize updates?
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  4. Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       2015-07-10 #4

    Hello Alireza,

    It should work for you after updating to the latest build 10166.

    Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10166

    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...10-builds.html
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  5. Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 x64
       2015-07-10 #5

    How do you guys have an option to disable automatic Windows updates? I am using Windows 10 Pro x64, Build 10166. In Local Group Policy Editor, I don't have a "Disable" option, and that's what I was hoping to choose:
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  6. Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       2015-07-10 #6

    Hello jfreemont, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Alireza was referring to selecting Disabled instead of Enabled and number 2.

    I would recommend to use the settings in the tutorial so that you will at least get a notification to let you know updates are available.
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  7. Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 x64
       2015-07-10 #7

    I run some kiosks where I don't want notifications or anything.

    So you're saying that if I choose "Disabled" at the top, that will disable updates completely?

    EDIT:
    I just tried it and restarted the computer, but it doesn't seem to have worked...did I do it right? Settings still says "Automatic." It's not grayed-out like nt62's image shows.
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  8. Join Date : Oct 2013
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       2015-07-10 #8

    If the status for this policy is set to Disabled, any updates that are available on Windows Update must be downloaded and installed manually. To do this, search for Windows Update using Start.
    Last edited by Brink; 2015-07-10 at 20:01.
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  9. Join Date : Jul 2015
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       2015-07-10 #9

    I think I am confused.

    nt62's image shows a picture of Windows Update with a grayed-out box that says "Never check for updates (not recommended)." Where did that come from?
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