How To Stop Updates In Windows 10 Permanently

Windows 10 is known for its automatic updates which can be a useful feature for many users. However, there are times when these updates might interfere with your work or consume a significant portion of your internet bandwidth. In such cases, you may want to stop the updates permanently. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to do this with a few simple steps.

Method 1: Disable Windows Update Service

One way to stop updates in Windows 10 permanently is to disable the Windows Update Service. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter to open the Services window.
  3. Find the Windows Update service and double-click on it to open the Properties window.
  4. In the Startup type dropdown menu, select Disabled.
  5. Click on Apply and then OK to save the changes.

After completing these steps, your Windows 10 system will no longer receive any updates.

Method 2: Use Group Policy Editor

If you are using a Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise edition, you can disable automatic updates via the Group Policy Editor. Here’s how:

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.
  3. Navigate to the following path:
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
  4. Double-click on Configure Automatic Updates setting in the right pane.
  5. Select Disabled and click on Apply and then OK.

This will permanently stop updates in your Windows 10 system.

Method 3: Set Metered Connection

Setting a metered connection can help you limit the updates that are downloaded on your Windows 10 system. To set a metered connection, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Start button and open Settings.
  2. Select Network & Internet.
  3. Click on Wi-Fi and then select your Wi-Fi network.
  4. Scroll down and turn on the toggle for Set as metered connection.

This will limit the updates to only essential ones, thereby reducing the number of updates your system receives.


While automatic updates in Windows 10 can be beneficial, they may not always be suitable for every user. By following the methods mentioned above, you can stop updates in Windows 10 permanently or limit them to a certain extent. Just remember that turning off updates can make your system vulnerable to security threats, so it’s important to keep your software and security patches up-to-date.