Windows automatically downloads updates and installs them on its own, sometimes even overnight. Indeed, even if your computer is asleep or sleeping, Windows will restart it and apply its updates. So even that you can have software open and important tasks in progress. You must then relaunch the software that was open with the desired files and settings, each time. This is enormously problematic in terms of wasting time and energy.
These incessant automatic updates are mostly present in professional versions of Windows 10.
How to stop these automatic Windows 10 updates?
Here is the procedure to follow:
- right click on the Windows start button at the bottom left of your screen,
- select: search,
- enter: control panel,
- at the top right of the window, sort by large icons,
- click on administration tools,
- on the next window, click on the shortcut: services.
- then in the services window, go to the bottom and click on Windows update.
- click on the stop button for the status of the service at the bottom and select deactivate for the type of status.
- press the keys on your keyboard: Windows (button with the Windows logo) + R,
- enter "mmc" and click on OK,
- click on file, then on add / remove a snap-in,
- select Group Policy Object Editor, then click on add and OK,
- develop strategy for the local computer (on the left panel), then administrative theme, Windows component, Windows update,
- we locate the configuration of Windows updates, we double click on it, we press activate, in the parameters of the automatic update on the left part, we select: notify for downloads and notify for installations.
- we click on OK.
- we close the console, we are offered to save, we answer no.
- we restart Windows.
There you go, now Windows will no longer download and apply updates automatically. However, the operating system will harass you to update the system. But you will no longer be bothered by untimely restarts.
Here are the steps in video:
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