Most of us are familiar with the process of updating our computers. We regularly install updates for our operating system, software, and apps to keep them running smoothly and to ensure that we have the latest security patches.
What is Windows Update
Windows Update is a service provided by Microsoft that helps keep Windows computers up-to-date by delivering the latest security patches and other updates. Updates can be downloaded and installed automatically, or you can choose to install them yourself.
Automatic updates are the recommended option, as they help keep your computer secure and ensure that you have the latest features and bug fixes. You can choose to have updates installed automatically, or you can select the option to be notified when updates are available and then install them yourself.
How to disable Windows Update
If you’re running Windows 10, you can disable Windows Update entirely through the Registry. This isn’t recommended, as it’ll mean that your computer will no longer receive any security updates. However, if you’re confident in your ability to keep your system secure, it can be a useful option.
To disable Windows Update entirely, you need to set a value in the Registry. This is a little complicated, but we’ve got a full guide to doing it. Once you’ve made the change, Windows Update will never run again. However, you can always re-enable it by following the same process and setting the value to 0.
If you don’t want to disable Windows Update entirely, you can also choose to only delay updates via Microsoft.com/link. This means that updates will be downloaded and installed, but you’ll be able to choose when they’re installed. To do this, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options. From here, you can choose how many days you want to delay updates by.
Keep in mind that this won’t stop Windows from downloading updates, it’ll just delay the installation. So, you might still see updates downloading in the background, even though they’re not going to be installed until you’ve approved it.
Why you should disable Windows Update
While Windows Update can be useful, there are times when you may not want it to run automatically. For example, you may be using a limited data plan and want to avoid using data to download updates. Or, you may be in the middle of working on something important and don’t want to be interrupted by a restart.
In these cases, you can disable Windows Update. Disabling Windows Update is generally not recommended, but it may be necessary in some situations. Here’s how to disable Windows Update in Windows 10.
To disable Windows Update:
- Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
- Type “services.msc” and press Enter to open the Services manager.
- Scroll down and double-click on the “Windows Update” service.
- In the “Windows Update Properties” window, change the “Startup type” to “Disabled” and click “OK”.
- Close the Services manager.
After completing these steps, Windows Update will no longer run automatically on your computer. If you ever need to enable updates again, you can follow the same steps and set the “Startup type” to “Automatic”.
There are a few ways to prevent Windows Update from constantly asking you to update and restart your computer. You can set your computer to only install updates when you choose, or you can turn off Windows Update altogether.
If you’re sick of seeing those annoying update prompts, here’s how to make them go away for good.