Windows 10 is not a product, but rather service. That way Microsoft will continue to update its operating system through Windows Update to suit the needs of the times.
But for some reason, you don’t disable Windows Update and make sure Windows 10 stays on its version consistently, or just want to save internet quota.
Here are 5 ways to turn off Windows Update, be it for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
Notes: Updating Windows versions is essential to ensure features, experience, and security. Make sure you know what you’re doing.
#1 How to turn off Windows Update via Services
Manipulate Windows Services background system files to prevent automatic updates. Valid for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
1. Click Startthen search services.msc then not a program named Services the.
2. Scroll down until you find Windows Update. Right click, then select Properties.
3. In the Startup type section, change Automatic to Manual. Then click OK.
Even though Automatic Update is turned off, you can still update Windows but manually via Settings → Update & Security → Windows Update → Check for updates.
#2 Disabling Windows Update via Group Policy Editor
Just like the previous method, you can still start the update manually by going to Settings → Update & Security → Windows Update → Check for updates.
1. Search via Start Menu, gpedit.msc then not a named program Edit group policy.
2. In the left pane, point to Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Update. Then in the right pane, look for Configure Automatic Updates then double-click.
3. Select Disabledthen OK.
Another alternative is to select Enabled, then select Notify for download and notify for install.
That way, Windows will notify you when there is an update and ask for your confirmation to start the download process.
#3 Prevent Windows Update with Metered Connection
The Metered Connection is considered a quota internet network so Microsoft does not download the update file automatically. This option is only available in Windows 10.
1. Click the signal icon on the right side of the Taskbar, then click Properties on the internet network that you want to set.
2. Set to On on Metered connections.
To update Windows, you must first disable Metered Connection or move to another internet network that is not marked as Metered Connection.
#4 Stop updating using Power Saving mode
Windows Update does not run in Power Saving mode because this process is consuming resources which is quite large. This option is highly recommended for laptop or tablet devices.
1. Click Start, then search for Choose a power plan.
2. Under additional plans, check power saver.
In addition, on a laptop, tablet, or notebook device, you can easily activate Power Saving via the battery icon on the Taskbar.
#5 Turning Off Updates via PowerShell
Actually this method is a shortened version of the first method above. If you are the type of person who wants to be fast-paced and dynamic, maybe this method is perfect for you.
1. Open Windows PowerShell.
2. Enter the following command:
stop-service wuauserv set-service wuauserv –startup disabled
If you want to turn on updates again, use the following command:
set-service wuauserv –startup manual start-service wuauserv
Those are some ways to turn off Windows Update on some of the latest Windows operating systems.
Even though you have the power to control updates, Windows 10 is still a service that Microsoft will continue to update.
You may ignore minor updates, but if there is a major update, especially for security reasons, then it’s a good idea to turn on Windows Update again.