In Windows 10 build 9926 (January build), Microsoft removed the ability to turn off Automatic Updates. The registry setting that allowed you to disable Windows Update in the previous build of Windows 10 no longer works. However, it is still possible to deactivate Automatic Updates.
Latest posts by Michael Pietroforte (see all)

Update: This article about the Preview version of Windows 10. In the final release things are different. Please read my new articles about the topic:

Stop automatic updates in Windows 10 RTM (build 10240)

Disable Windows 10 Update in the Registry and with PowerShell

If you read my recent blog post, you know that I support an aggressive update policy. However, I also think that forcing users to download updates is a very bad idea, even in a Technical Preview. I hope Microsoft will offer the option to disable Windows Update entirely in Windows 10 RTM. I don’t want to go into arguments again; let’s just discuss the options we have to get rid of the Automatic Updates.

If you are searching for the Windows Update applet in the old Control Panel, you will search in vain. Windows Update is now available only as a modern app (should I really call this a Windows Store app?). (Update: There is a way to bring back the old Update applet. See end of text.) You can find it by typing “windows update” in the new search box on the Windows taskbar. To change the update behavior, you have to click Advanced options.

Windows Update in Windows 10 build 9926

Windows Update in Windows 10 build 9926

Windows Update applet in Control Panel missing

It appears Microsoft is fiercely determined to force Windows 10 users to always install the latest updates. The latest build, 9926, only offers two update options: Automatic (recommended) and Notify to schedule restart. The latter option won’t download updates over a metered connection, and you will be asked to schedule a restart to finish installing updates.

Advanced Windows Update options

Advanced Windows Update options

Changing the network settings to turn off updates

The easiest way to turn off Automatic Updates is to simply unplug the network cable or, if you are testing in a virtual environment, to assign the virtual network adapter to an internal network. If you want to access the Internet with your Windows 10 machine, this option is not really the one you want.

If you connect your Windows machine through a WiFi network, you can set the connection to a metered connection. (Click the network symbol in the systray and then right-click the connection.) This should prevent Windows 10 from downloading updates. A downside of this method is that it will affect the behavior of other applications, such as OneDrive.

The registry hack I outlined in a previous post no longer works. The corresponding registry settings are still available; however, they appear to have no effect on the update behavior of Windows 10 build 9926. I am unaware of a new registry setting that works in the January build. If you do, please post a comment. (See end of text)

Disabling the Windows Update service

However, we have another option to turn off Automatic Updates altogether. All we need to do is stop the Windows Update service and make sure that it won’t start again. I recommend to first check if updates are currently downloaded; if so, wait until all updates are installed. Then, type “services” in the Windows 10 search box and click View Local Services.

Windows Update service

Windows Update service

Scroll down to Windows Update and double-click the service. Set the startup type to Disabled. If the service is already running, click Stop. After the service has stopped, click OK.

Disable the Windows Update service

Disable Windows Update service

If you now click Check for Updates in the Windows Update app, you should see a reassuring error message:

Error message -There were some problems installing updates

Error message: There were some problems installing updates

Yup, that is all we wanted: “some problems installing updates.”

If you want to later enable Automatic Updates again, you have to first set the startup type of the Windows Update service to Manual and then start the service.

If you plan to switch Automatic Updates on and off frequently, you can do so with this tiny PowerShell script, which you have to run with administrator privileges:

stop-service wuauserv
set-service wuauserv –startup disabled

If you want to verify if the service is really disabled, you need the Get-WMIObject cmdlet:

get-wmiobject win32_service –filter "name='wuauserv'"

Stop Windows Update service with PowerShell

Stop Windows Update service with PowerShell

Amazingly, the Get-Service cmdlet in PowerShell 5 still doesn’t support reading the startup type.

To enable Windows Update, you need these commands:

set-service wuauserv –startup manual
start-service wuauserv

Start Windows Update service with PowerShell

Start Windows Update service with PowerShell

Please let me know if you know of another way to deactivate Automatic Updates in Windows 10.

Registry hack for bringing back Windows Update in Control Panel

Update: The registry setting that Keith mentioned in a comment works. Copy the text below to a REG file and then launch the file. This will bring back the old Windows Update applet in the Control Panel. You can then follow the procedure in my previous post to disable Windows Update.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Update: This article about the Preview version of Windows 10. In the final release things are different. Please read my new articles about the topic:

Stop automatic updates in Windows 10 RTM (build 10240)

Disable Windows 10 Update in the Registry and with PowerShell

  1. Bobby 8 years ago

    Did someone try disabling the service after installing W10 Home edition?

  2. rihsab 8 years ago

    i got encountered in an error.

    when im opening apps liike musiic from desktop, it shows me “REMOTE PROCEDURE CALL FAILED” , in my WINDOWS 10.

    How to recover?/?

  3. KALEEM 8 years ago

    Excellent work…this is exactly which i want to do…thanks a lot sir

  4. Joaquim 8 years ago

    Nice! Thanks for sharing. I am using Win10 Home 10240 RTM (upgraded from win8.1 core), and that method to disable windows updates works. I also have gpedit.msc (installed manually), but didn’t use that method.
    Also unfortunately, i can’t re-enable windows update on control panel. Seems that there is no way to bring it back.

  5. Sam 8 years ago

    I have the same problem as Koen above, it says either the key is being used by system processes or that I am not allowed to make such a change. How do you get round this? I will be most grateful, thanks!

  6. DullRazr 8 years ago

    Thanks for this. Looked all over the Microsoft sites and it appears that they do not want to give a straight answer to the question : How do I schedule Windows Update downloads? The timing of downloads is critical to people with metered connections
    So the question to you is: Can the commands you outline above be executed using task scheduler and are there other commands that would force a check for updates and initiate the download?

  7. naweed 8 years ago

    thanks dude its work and I never thinking at this side 🙂

  8. Hamed Iran 8 years ago

    Thanks a lot 🙂

  9. Kodesh 8 years ago

    Thank you So much. Because I really struggled to figure out in the control panel. This helps not only in consuming Data, but money, in case someone has only 2GIG of Data and they have no cash, they will find that the Data is finished, they can fight with the service providers.

    So this is very great. Thank you so much that you figured this out.

  10. B 8 years ago

    is there a registry key we can use to set “Notify for download and notify for install”
    as above i can edit the reg files after taking ownership but cant see windows update still. and cant set any settings

  11. B 8 years ago

    any wonder people used pirated copies when they make it so hard to do anything through legal means

  12. Kodesh, you just have to set the network connection to “metered” to prevent Windows 10 from downloading updates.

  13. tarun 8 years ago

    ty so mch

  14. CKP 8 years ago

    Great to know this is possible. I haven’t made the upordowngrade from 8.1 to 10 yet and wouldn’t if I didn’t know about the info on this page.

  15. Akshansh 8 years ago

    Thanks man i love you!!!

  16. WisdomGuidedByExperience 8 years ago

    After watching Windows since 1987, I’m convinced that there is an “A Team” and a “B Team” of Windows developers at Microsoft.

    The teams alternate developing new versions of Windows.

    Windows XP : A Team
    Windows Vista: B Team
    Windows 7: A Team
    Windows 8: B Team
    Windows 10 : A Team

    Notice the pattern?

    For the most part, the editions of Windows developed by the “A Team” have been generally well received.

    Similarly, for the most part, the editions of Windows developed by the “B Team” have been hated by the general public – most of the time for good reasons.

  17. You are right, there is an A team and a B team. But the team members are not developers; they are journalists. The editors in chief alternately let the A teams and the B teams write the reviews when a new Windows versions comes out. This way, they always have a new story. Makes sense? 😉

  18. Thilak 8 years ago

    Thank you very much

  19. Isabel 8 years ago

    Thank you!!! It’s just what I was needing in a very clear way 😀 😀

  20. ademola 8 years ago

    thank you, really helpful

  21. armaan 8 years ago

    its work really thnxxxxx man.

  22. Ali shams 8 years ago

    Thanks for your Fluent solution

  23. romance 8 years ago

    In a third world country like us, its far too costly to consume internet facility in our regular life. So talking about windows update, it demands almost regular update to run windows in comfortable mode but it swallows most of usages of internet. Since I have first started using windows 10, I was worried, just think of that I will have to update windows10. If I don’t it will update the programs automatically in background. Anyway finally I have found a solution n it worked. Thank you very much.

  24. krene 8 years ago

    Thanks so much u have saved me a lot off darter and money

Leave a reply to rihsab Click here to cancel the reply

Please enclose code in pre tags

Your email address will not be published.


© 4sysops 2006 - 2023


Please ask IT administration questions in the forums. Any other messages are welcome.


Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?

Create Account