Microsoft released Windows 10 as a service. And in this guide, we are going to find out how to turn off all updates in Windows 10. In contrast to the earlier versions which were updated once every 2-3 years, Microsoft aims to deliver regular updates fixing security issues and also adding new features. But all this comes at a cost of your data usage. In countries like India, most people have a limited data connection. So, here’s a tutorial to bypass these updates in Windows 10 and save your data. There are a number of ways a person can disable these updates. But these are kept hidden. We have tried to keep it as simple as possible for our readers’ convenience.
How To Turn off all Updates in Windows 10
Setting your connection as metered
Open the Settings app, click Network & Internet and scroll down. Click on Advanced options below the list of Wi-Fi networks. Enable the “Set as metered connection” option. This will prevent Windows from automatically downloading any updates when connected to a Wi-Fi network.Windows will, now, prompt the user when updates are available and ask whether to download it.
Editing the Group Policy of Windows
This method works for specific editions of Windows 10 namely Professional, Education and Enterprise editions. Simply press Windows Key + R and paste the following line.
Now go to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update. In the right pane, find “Configure Automatic Updates” and double click it. Enable it and set it to “Notify for download and notify for install.” Save the new settings.
Editing the Windows 10 Registry
This method works for the Professional edition only. To disable the automatic updates, open the Registry Editor using “regedit” command in the Run dialog box. Then find the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU and create a new DWORD value under AU key and name it “AUOptions” and give one of the below values as per your preference.
00000002 (Notify for download and notify for install)
00000003 (Auto download and notify for install)
00000004 (Auto download and schedule the install)
Disable automatic Map updates
Open Settings app from Start Menu and click System settings. On the left side, select Offline Maps and disable “Automatically update maps” under Map updates.
So these are a few ways to prevent automatic updates in Windows 10. We continue to explore the new features of Windows and reach out to you with new tips and tricks. For more useful articles, stay tuned and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can also subscribe to the RSS feeds for quick updates.
That’s all the list of ways to turn off all updates in Windows 10. You may also be interested in: How to Install and Enable Hyper-V on Windows 10