Preventing Automatic Installation of Updates on Windows 10: Essential Tips

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How to Stop Windows 10 From Automatically Installing

Hello, I’m Tracy, your tech guide today. If you’ve been wanting to understand how to prevent Windows 10 from installing updates without your permission, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’re going to simplify this process so you can feel in control of your tech.

Step 1: Open the Settings Menu

The first thing you want to do is to open the settings menu. Click on the ‘Start’ button and then click on ‘Settings’. This will open a new window.

Step 2: Access the Update & Security Settings

Once you’re in the settings menu, look for ‘Update & Security’. Click on this and it will lead you to a new page filled with different options.

Step 3: Change Advanced Options

In the ‘Update & Security’ menu, Click on ‘Windows Update’. You will then see ‘Advanced options’. Click on this and you’ll be able to manage your update preferences from here.

Step 4: Choose when Updates are Installed

In the ‘Advanced Options’, you will see a section labeled, ‘Choose when updates are installed’. From there, you can choose to pause updates or change active hours in which updates won’t be downloaded.

Step 5: Set Your Wi-Fi as Metered Connection

If you’re on a Wi-Fi connection, you can set it as a metered connection, and this will prevent automatic downloads of most updates. Go to ‘Settings’, then ‘Network & Internet’, then ‘Wi-Fi’, and then ‘Manage known networks’. Choose your network, click on ‘Properties’ and turn on ‘Set as metered connection’.


By following these simple steps, you will be able to stop Windows 10 from automatically installing. But remember, while having control over when updates are installed is great, it’s still important to keep your system updated for optimal performance and security.

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