Microsoft has made automatic updates in Windows 10 Home compulsory, and to a lesser extent in Windows 10 Professional. There are good reasons for this, the foremost of which is security, but if you don’t want your system to be constantly downloading patches and possibly breaking apps or cuasing other problems, then there are a few options available. We’ll guide you through the workarounds that exist and how you can implement them. It should be noted though, that due to the security fixes that come with the updates, we would advise leaving the automated service on if you want your system to remain safe.
First you could upgrade to the Pro version of the system, which brings additional features and increased control – check out our Windows 10 Home Vs Windows 10 Pro comparison to see the diffrences. If you’re happy with your current system then there are a few ways to get around the update issue.
Windows 10 Home Edition: Pretend to use a metered Wi-Fi connection
One way to stop Windows installing updates is to fool the system into thinking that it’s actually working on a restricted data plan. This only works over Wi-Fi though, so if you connect your PC to a router via a network cable then the fix won’t apply.
The way to set this is up is to go to the Start Menu and search for Settings. Select the top result and then choose Networks & Internet.
You should automatically default to the Wi-Fi section, so scroll down in the right hand panel and select Advanced Options.
In this setting you’ll see the option for Metered Connection, and below it the switch to turn it on.
Enable this and Windows will regard the current network you’re connected to as a Metered Connection. This means it won’t download updates as it could use up your data allowance. This isn’t a global setting though, so if you regularly take your PC to other networks (one at work for example) then you’ll need to repeat this process when you first go there, otherwise it will be considered a normal Wi-Fi connection and Windows will run the updates. These settings are all remembered by the system, so once you’ve set them up the rules will then automatically apply every time you connect to that network. If you ever want to revert back to your normal state, then just turn off the Metered Connection option.
Windows 10 Professional Edition: Defer upgrades
While Home users are stuck with having to work around automatic updates, Professional users have a built-in option that allows them to defer updates for several months. The best part of this option is that security patches are still applied, it’s just system updates that are held back.
To enable the feature go to the Start Menu and type Settings, then select the top option. From Settings go to Advanced Options and there you’ll find the Defer Upgrades tick box under the Choose How Updates are Installed section. Click on this and you won’t have to worry about updates for a while.