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How to turn off automatic updates in Windows

Be sure to not miss the crucial security updates, though!
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July 8, 2022

Microsoft has done a great job of making Windows OS updates simpler. However, automatic updates in Windows can often be a headache, using up your internet connection in the background, and applying updates when you’re not ready for them. Here’s how to turn off automatic updates in Windows.

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QUICK ANSWER

To turn off automatic updates in Windows temporarily, go to Windows Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update -> Advanced options -> Pause updates, and select the date. To turn off automatic updates in Windows permanently, open Group Policy Editor by searching gpedit.msc, and go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update -> Configure Automatic Updates, click Disable, and click OK.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

How to pause automatic updates in Windows

This is a quick way to stop updates in Windows, but it only lets you temporarily pause them until a specified date.

Open the Settings app by looking for it in search.

Windows 10 settings app
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Click Update & Security.

Windows 10 settings Update settings
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In the left navigation pane, click Windows Update. It should be selected by default. Click Advanced options.

Windows 10 advanced update settings
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Scroll down to the Pause updates section. Click the Select date dropdown button.

Windows 10 pause update
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Select the date until which you want to pause the updates.

Windows 10 update paused
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Click the Back arrow in the top left corner to go back to the Windows Update screen. You’ll see that it says Updates paused. The automatic updates will resume after the selected date.

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How to completely turn off automatic updates in Windows

To permanently turn off automatic updates in Windows, you will need to use the Windows Group Policy Editor.

In Windows search, type Edit group policy and click the first result. You can also type gpedit.msc to find the group policy editor.

Windows 10 search group policy editor
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In the left navigation pane, click Administrative Templates under Computer Configuration.

Windows 10 group policy editor admin templates
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In the right pane, double-click Windows Components. Scroll down to Windows Update, and double-click it.

Windows 10 group policy editor Windows components
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Find Configure Automatic Updates, and double-click it.

Windows 10 group policy editor Windows update
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The configuration dialog box will pop up. Click the radio button that says Disabled. Click Apply, and click OK.

Windows 10 disable automatic updates
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You can open your Windows Update settings to check the change. It will display a warning about update policies, and automatic updates being disabled.

Windows 10 updates disabled
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That’s all. Note that you may miss some crucial Windows updates, including security patches and Microsoft Defender definitions. You can still manually update Windows from the settings.


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FAQs

You’re unlikely to face ay immediate issues, but over time you may miss out on security patches and Microsoft Defender updates, putting your PC at risk.

Yes, it is okay to pause Windows Update, but make sure you grab the crucial updates to avoid any risk to your computer’s safety.