How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Update (2020)

Here I am going to show you various ways to disable automatic update on Windows 10. 3 simple methods to force stop the Windows update.

The problem for automatic update on Windows 10 is, they force you to download even on metered connection. This annoys most of windows users, especially when they got limited quota for their internet. Moreover, the update disturb your connection when you badly need it such as gaming or downloading.

Since the metered connection method is no longer stop you from update when using WiFi connection, I won’t cover it. So lets focus on the most useful methods.

Quick Fix 1. Disable Windows Update Service

This solution can be useful for halting the current update download. However, this is not a perfect method, since Windows will re-enable it in certain amount of time. If you urgently need to stop the update temporarily, then this is how

  1. Press Windows + R, to display RUN menu
  2. Type services.msc then hit OK
  3. Scroll down and find for Windows Update. Double click it

  4. Now, click STOP, it may take a few second till the service status change to stopped. And done. With this, you can temporary disable the windows update in case of emergency

Quick Fix 2. Change the Group Policy Editor setting

The Group Policy Editor only available for non Windows 10 Home Edition, it is wise to check your current operating system version. Moreover, you need and administrator account to access the feature. By change the setting you can stop or even disable automatic windows update. Here is how:

  1. Press WINDOWS + R to open RUN menu (same as above)
  2. This time, type gpedit.msc then then hit OK
  3. Now head to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update. Then double click it

  4. Select(thick) Disabled and then click OK. Done

  5. Note if you are willing to update your windows 10, you have to re-enabled this once again. I am sure you remember the step, if you don’t just re-visit this tutorial.

Quick Fix 3. Disable automatic update using registry editor

This method have the same effect as above, however to fully disabled the update this step is certainly needed.

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Now type regedit then hit OK
  3. Browse this path
  4. Then Right-click the Windows (folder) key, select “New” and then click “Key”.

  5. Now, rename the new key to AU

  6. Right click on the right side field then select “New” click “DWORD (32-bit) Value“.

  7. Name it to AUOptions and press Enter.

  8. Lastly. Change the value to 2 then Click OK. Done


Automatic Windows 10 Update forces you to download large chunk of data and use your current internet connection whenever it want. Fortunately, with simple tweak, you can disable this feature using some methods explained above.

If you have any problem related to automatic windows 10 update, don’t hesitate to comment down below.

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