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How to Turn Off Windows 10 Automatic Update

For someone who uses Windows 10 on their laptop, they already noted that the cumulative updates are no longer optional. Instead, it’s compulsory for the system. Once updates are ready, your OS will download and install it as long your laptop is in online status.

Sometimes the updates may cause a problem to your system, or maybe there’s a bug that forces you to wait until the next update.

But in this case, it’s not because of those bugs that make most people get annoyed. It is because the forced update policy can take up internet resources.

So the question is, how to deal with this issue ?.

1st Solution: Disable Windows Update Services

By disabling the Services, it will suspend the cumulative updates. But it is just temporary, and surely it will self-activate at a particular time.

***Note: Check your Windows 10 Edition first (this method does not work on Home Edition)

Here the steps to follow:

  1. Launch the Run app – press Windows key+R > type services.msc and hit enter
  2. Select Windows Update > double-click to open Windows Update Properties
  3. Under General tab click Stop > Startup type: select Disabled
  4. Click Apply then OK

To manually re-enable it back, follow steps 1 & 2 above, but under the General tab > Startup type: select Manual > click Apply > click Start and OK.

2nd Solution: Set Metered Connection

The Metered Connection setting can only function as to limit the internet connection data usage (with a certain amount of data).

So by doing this, there are only some of the Windows updates won’t download and install automatically.

This setting can work with Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity as well. Unfortunately, I’m using the latest version of Windows 10, so I’m not sure about the older version.

To Enable Metered Connection for:


  1. Open Windows Settings, press Windows key+I > Network & Internet
  2. Go to Wi-Fi > select your connected Network > turn On Set as metered connection


  1. Open Windows setting by press Windows key+I > Network & Internet
  2. Go to Ethernet > Ethernet > turn On Set as metered connection

3rd Solution: Wi-Fi and Ethernet Data Limit Setting

Start with the 17063 version. Windows 10 allows you to set your custom data limits for Wi-Fi and Ethernet, and restrict background data. This feature is useful to someone who has a limited data plan.

Do the following steps to set your data limit:

  1. Open Windows Settings press Windows key+I > Network & Internet
  2. Data Usage > choose your Network under Show setting for
  3. Click Set limits under Data limit

Now, on the next screen, set your data limit and save.

4th Solution: Restrict Background Data

Also, you can restrict background data to reduce data usage on your Wi-Fi Network.

On the recent Windows 10 versions, Windows features and Store apps regularly use Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to update automatically.

So, this setting can help you limit what Store App and Windows features do in the background.

To restrict background data, follow these steps :

  1. Open Windows Settings – Windows key+I > Network & Internet
  2. Data Usage > under Background Data choose Always

5th Solution: Pause Updates Setting

On Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise edition, you can set your updates to pause temporarily from being download and install up to 35 days.

But, before it can be paused again, your machine needs to get the latest version of updates. To pause your updates, follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows Settings – Windows key+I > Update & Security
  2. Windows Update > Advanced options
  3. Turn On the Pause Updates

The Up-to-Date Laptop/Personal Computer System

An up-to-date system is less exposed to the possibility of being harmed. Not only less vulnerable to attack but also offer us many excellent features in those updates, so we can’t quickly get bored when using it.

So, in most cases, Windows forced update policy is a good thing (maybe someone will differ). That’s why Microsoft always lets users offer feedback to solve particular issues.

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