Windows 10: How can I prevent automatic updates?

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  1. Posts : 13
    Windows 10.0 Home Build 10240
       07 Nov 2017 #61

    Hi. Doing this will will turn off automatic updates on your PC. Just go to start menu>type 'services'>look for a service called 'windows update' and double click on it>if it's already running stop it and put its startup type to 'disabled'.
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  2. Posts : 427
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       07 Nov 2017 #62

    Bree said: View Post
    Welcome to TenForums!

    The easiest way to stop Windows downloading and installing updates automatically is to set your internet connection as a Metered Connection. Windows will still check for updates automatically, but won't download them until you click a 'Download' button. It's easy to set a WiFi connection as metered.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...dows-10-a.html

    For Ethernet there's no option in Settings, but you can set it to Metered Connection in the registry.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...dows-10-a.html

    As a trucker on the move, how do you connect to the internet? A 3G/4G dongle? These should be 'metered connection' by default. Apparently a few dongles seem to come with drivers that make them appear to Windows as Ethernet connections, if so the second tutorial should help.

    If you move from one WiFi hotspot to the next, each one has to be individually set as 'metered' as the default for WiFi is 'not metered'. That default could be changed in the registry, same way as for Ethernet.
    I have a set monthly price for internet. If I change to a metered connection, will I be charged more?
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  3. Posts : 2,684
    Windows 10 Pro x64 1803 - 17134.5 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       07 Nov 2017 #63

    The only reason for this option is to prevent Updates from using up your limited internet access when it is not convenient to you, it will not change the contract you have with your ISP,

    Also eventually if the updates are not downloaded then your system could become unsupported, so it is in your interest to find some alternate way to download updates With a laptop this could be an occasional visit to a Free unlimited wi-fi store/library/school Etc
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  4. Posts : 8,037
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       07 Nov 2017 #64

    Clint said: View Post
    I have a set monthly price for internet. If I change to a metered connection, will I be charged more?
    Setting a metered connection just changes how Windows uses your connection and reduces the amount of data you'll download. Your ISP will just see you using less data, that's all.

    A metered connection stops background processes using your bandwidth, such as Spotlight which won't download new pictures over a metered connection. Also, windows update will not automatically download most updates. Instead, when you check for updates it will say there are updates available, but won't download them unless you click its 'Download' button.

    It's now your choice when to download, if you're near your data cap you could choose to wait until the next month to get your updates. Or find another free WiFi connection to get them now.

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  5. Posts : 427
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       07 Nov 2017 #65

    Bree said: View Post
    Setting a metered connection just changes how Windows uses your connection and reduces the amount of data you'll download. Your ISP will just see you using less data, that's all.

    A metered connection stops background processes using your bandwidth, such as Spotlight which won't download new pictures over a metered connection. Also, windows update will not automatically download most updates. Instead, when you check for updates it will say there are updates available, but won't download them unless you click its 'Download' button.

    It's now your choice when to download, if you're near your data cap you could choose to wait until the next month to get your updates. Or find another free WiFi connection to get them now.

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    I just want MS to stop installing updates that I don't want. It keeps installing video driver over my manufacture driver.
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  6.    08 Nov 2017 #66

    Clint said: View Post

    I just want MS to stop installing updates that I don't want. It keeps installing video driver over my manufacture driver.
    Have you tried this? It may help.

    Hide or Show Windows Updates in Windows 10 Windows Update Activation Tutorials
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  7. Posts : 427
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       08 Nov 2017 #67

    Yes I have.
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  8. Posts : 8,037
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       08 Nov 2017 #68

    Clint said: View Post
    Yes I have.
    Tried option three or four here?

    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10
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  9. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1703
       26 Dec 2017 #69

    cmcole101 said: View Post
    Thanks TairikuOkami and muchomurka for these great work-arounds / fixes. I'll give each a run to see if it stops my system from doing its own thing and let y'all know the outcome. :)

    Best regards!
    Well, guys, it appears the work-arounds have done the job!! My system hasn't checked for updates, nor installed any from our update servers (which means my registery hasn't been overwritten), since implementing them. This is more than 6 weeks!! YEA!!

    Thanks, again!!

    Happy Holidays to all, and may each of you have a very joyful and prosperous new year ahead.
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  10.    01 Jan 2018 #70

    cmcole101 said: View Post
    Well, guys, it appears the work-arounds have done the job!! My system hasn't checked for updates, nor installed any from our update servers (which means my registery hasn't been overwritten), since implementing them. This is more than 6 weeks!! YEA!!

    Thanks, again!!

    Happy Holidays to all, and may each of you have a very joyful and prosperous new year ahead.
    Can you spell out what you've finally done on your system exactly from all the tips you've received here to stop the updates?
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