Older versions of Windows allowed you to defer the updates but not Windows 10. If you are a Home or Professional user, the updates will be installed automatically. It is a good thing in a way as it keeps your computer up to date. But, you may want to have more control over how and when the updates are installed instead of the OS deciding it for you. Let us understand why Windows 10 pushes the automatic updates, why are the updates important and how you can turn the updates off.
Why should you NOT turn the automatic updates off?
WannaCry ransomware recently went on a rampage and held hostage the data on hundreds of thousands of computer worldwide. This malicious program, however, mostly targeted the big companies and spared the normal users. This is why the Windows 10 users remained untouched and unaffected by it.
Sounds good! Doesn’t it?
But, it is only a matter of time before there is another attack and this time it is on your personal computer. And that will be the time when your personal information and valuable data would be at risk. Even though you may have the antivirus and internet security programs on your computer, they may still not be able to protect you from the attack. This is why it is important to have multi layered security.
This is where Windows 10 automatic updates come into picture. The updates provide added protection to your operating system and your personal files and information. Every update offers a new and enhanced security patch and fixes the loopholes.
Windows 10 updates your operating system automatically whether you like it or not. Microsoft probably observed that the users were not really good at updating their system and often ended up putting their computer at risk. This is why the company introduced what you can call ‘Forced Updates’ to Windows 10.
We would highly recommend you to keep your operating system up to date. It is more secure.
Why would you want to stop automatic updates?
Windows 10 updates itself automatically at its own time. The updates happen over the internet and thus it consumes the data. When the OS is updated, it asks you to restart the PC to finish the installation. Most users find this convenient as they don’t have to do anything manually. But, some users do not like the idea to put the updates on the company’s schedule as opposed to theirs.
The Windows 10 update could be a little data intensive. If you have a limited bandwidth, it could consume a big share of it and may affect your other ongoing internet activities. Let’s say you have a not-so-fast broadband connection. You are watching a YouTube video when Windows 10 suddenly starts to update. This will cause the video to buffer continuously to your annoyance.
That’s one reason though. You may have your own reasons too. But, the point is you want to take the updates off Microsoft’s schedule and put it on your own (or probably turn the updates off completely).
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Who can and who cannot defer the updates?
Microsoft has been selective in making ‘Forced Updates’ mandatory across various Windows 10 editions. If you are have Windows 10 Home or Professional edition on your computer, you will have to live with automatic updates even if it tends to slow down the browsing at times (but there are workarounds which we will talk about in a little while). Once the updates are downloaded and installed, Windows 10 does not restart the PC forcefully (thankfully). It lets you defer reboot so that you can continue with your current tasks.
In case you have an Enterprise version of Windows 10, you don’t have to worry about the Forced Updates. You can update your OS at the time most convenient to you. In fact, Microsoft doesn’t push the updates as regularly to Enterprise users as it does to the Home and Professional users.
Microsoft promotes these updates by saying that the Home and Professional users are the on the top of the priority list to receive the updates. No sooner they release an update you are the first one to receive it. If it works out well, the update is rolled out to the other users. This is why frequency of updates for Home and Pro users is higher. Well, it seems like Microsoft uses these customers as the ‘lab rat’ (only figuratively).
How to turn the updates OFF by Disabling ‘Windows Update’ Service
If you were using Windows 8.1 or any earlier version, you could have easily navigated to the Windows Update option in Control Panel and turned the updates off. But you are using Windows 10 and there is no such native option. This is why we must use the workarounds.
Windows 10 has an ever running ‘Windows Update’ service. This service runs in the background and continuously keeps checking for the updates. Whenever an update is available, it directs your OS to install it.
We cannot turn the updates off but we can kill the Windows Update service so that your OS stops looking for the updates. Here is how you can do that:
- Open Control Panel
- Go to ‘Administrative Tools’
- Open ‘Services’ option
- Scroll down and located ‘Windows Update’
- Right click on the service/process
- Select Properties from the right click menu
- Make sure ‘General’ tab is selected
- From ‘Startup type:’ dropdown select ‘Disabled’
- Click ‘OK’
This will disable the Windows Update service and prevent Windows 10 from installing the updates automatically.
But, as we said before, it is important to keep your OS up to date to prevent any intrusion or attack by the malicious programs. This is why we would suggest you to keep turning ‘Windows Update’ on from time to time.
This will allow you to updates at the time most convenient to you.
You may also run into some difficulties while installing the update if you have turned off the Windows Update service. By the time you turn it back on, if Microsoft has released multiple updates, you will need to install all of them to get the latest one.
You will need to go to Windows Update section in Computer Settings. Here you will see a message stating that the updates were not installed as they were stopped by the computer. You may need to press ‘Check for Updates’ multiple times before the updates are installed successfully. This could be a little tiresome.
Turn OFF Windows 10 Updates Using ‘Metered Connection’
Windows OS tends to assume that if you are connected to Wi-Fi, you have unlimited data at your disposal. By turning the ‘Metered Connection’ on you can limit the data usage and stop the automatic updates.
Note: Turning of Metered Connection will not only stop the Windows Update but curtail other data intensive internet activities as well. So, you may not have the same kind of experience as before. If you actually have unlimited data Wi-Fi plan, you may not be able to utilize it to its full potential.
To turn the Metered Connection on, go to Settings and then open Network & Internet. No click ‘Wi-Fi’. A new window titled ‘Network & Internet’ will open. Move the toggle to turn on the ‘Metered Connection.’
You can still download the updates though. You will need to go to Settings and then Windows Update. Go to ‘Download’ section and install the updates if they are available.