Enable Your Automatic Updates for Windows 10

Greg Burn

15 Jun, 2022

Enable Your Automatic Updates for Windows 10

Let’s admit that these automatic updates that appear non-stop on your device may annoy you incredibly. There is the good news, though. You can easily disable them in case you don’t need any of that.
Windows 10 is a great system but can be quite persistent. It may offer you numerous updates you don’t need until you automatically agree on anything. Some updates are installed automatically and don’t need even your permission. While you may receive a better security system, you may not want to change the interface or the buttons’ appearance you’ve just gotten used to.
Apart from that, some updates may contain bugs. Many users complain that there were updates on Windows 10 that broke the features they used. Some of them can even cause the Blue Screen of Death and will need the total restart of the system. If you know for sure that you don’t need any updates, you can disable their automatic appearance. To do this, you may use Group Policy or Settings.

Disable Updates in Settings

If you don’t want specific updates, you don’t have to turn off the option of Windows Update for good. All you need is to put the Windows Update on pause. Here is how you can stop updates for 35 days:

  • Go to the Settings;
  • Find “Update and Security” and tap it;
  • Pick “Windows Update” there;
  • Find the button “Advanced options” and click;
  • There will be a section “Pause until”. Choose in the drop-down menu the period of time you need. Once you choose it, Windows Update will not be available for this specific time. If you want to extend the time, you can always repeat the procedure when the deadline will be approaching.

Group Policy

You may use the Group Policy Editor service to disable notifications. It will stop updates on a permanent basis. Here is how you can do it:

  • Go to the Start;
  • You will find the gpedit.msc there. Now you can click on the top of the list and start the Local Group Policy Editor;
  • Follow the next path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update;
  • Pick Configure Automatic Updates on the right side;
  • Make sure that option Disabled is turned off;
  • Press the Apply button;
  • Press OK.

After you finish the process, Windows 10 will no longer download updates. You can still install some of them manually if you need. For this, you will have to go to the Settings, Update and Security, and press the Windows Updates. You will need to use the button Check for Updates and to download only those you need.

Limitation of Updates

You may use the Local Group Policy Editor to limit some of the updates you don’t want to see. If you don’t want to stop all of them at once, you have to follow the next steps:

  • Go to the Start and open it;
  • Find the gpedit.msc and choose the top option;
  • Follow the line: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update;
  • Pick Configure Automatic updates on the right;
  • Press the Enable to turn the policy on;
  • Go to the section Options and choose those you want to prevent from automatic downloading. If you want to receive a notification before the downloading process starts, pick the 2nd option.
  • Pick Apply and OK.

Do You Need Automatic Updates?

Automatic updates can be useful for Windows 10. They provide more services you were waiting for. However, you don’t need to have all of them. It is better to take the processes under your control. Pick those you need the most and disable those you don’t need at all. Follow this simple instruction, and you will deal with it in no time.
Have you already enabled automatic updates? Were all automatic updates useful for your device? Express your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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