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Windows 10: How to Stop Automatic Updates

Microsoft has made Windows 10 automatically update itself by default. The problem is, you could potentially lose all of your hard work if your computer resets without your consent. In this guide, we teach you how to stop Windows 10 from automatically updating itself.

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Windows 10 released last week, which means those who decided to take the plunge once it was available should expect a regular dose of updates while Microsoft patches its latest operating system.

While regular updates can be seen as a good thing, what isn’t good is the way Windows 10 automatically restarts itself in order to complete each update without saving the state of open applications. If you were in the middle of some important project and didn’t save, you could be cursing up a storm when you return to your freshly-rebooted Windows 10 PC.

Fortunately, there’s a way to stop Windows from automatically rebooting itself in order to complete an update. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on the Windows Start button and select Settings.
  2. Within Windows 10 Settings, click on Update & Security.
  3. In Update & Security, click on the Advanced Option link towards the bottom of the right window inside the Windows Update section. You should find yourself in the Windows Update section by default.
  4. In the Advanced Options section, Windows will ask how you’d like to choose how updates are installed. By default, automatic is selected. Click on that drop-down menu and select Notify to schedule restart.

If you follow these four simple steps, you should now be notified the next time Windows has an update for your computer.

Need more help with Windows 10? Be sure to check out some of our other guides:

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    August 8, 2015 12:15 PM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Windows 10: How to Stop Automatic Updates

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      August 8, 2015 12:20 PM

      Many thanks Daniel Perez!

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      August 8, 2015 1:08 PM

      The title of the article suggests it will tell you how to stop automatic updates. Except that isn't what this article does. All this article does is tell you how to prevent your PC from automatically restarting as the result of automatic updates. I bring this up because I'd love to know how to stop automatic updates. I already knew how to prevent automatic restarts as a result of automatic updates.

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        August 8, 2015 11:26 PM

        If you have Win10 Pro I think you can disable them with group policy (gpedit.msc). Pretty sure that's unavailable in Home though.

        Can't check myself because I had to roll back my Win10 install to 7 due to OBS performance problems and sound driver issues. To MS's credit, the restore back to 7 was surprisingly quick.

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          August 9, 2015 12:42 AM

          Yeah gpedit.msc is the best way to tweak anything in Win10. I disabled automatic updates to where I have to manually click to download/install them. It does send a notification though.

          Since I switched back to Windows defender, I wish there was a way to whitelist it to automatically install updates for just windows defender only.