Stressing that this is not really a good idea, but handy information to have so you can make a choice if needs to be made. If you have access to the Group Policy Editor, just follow these simple steps:
- Press the Windows key + R, type msc and hit Enter.
- Navigate to Computer Configuration\ Administrative Templates\ Windows Components\ Windows Update, and double click Configure Automatic Updates.
- Select Disabled and click OK.
If you’re using a version of Windows 10 that doesn’t grant you access to the Group Policy Editor, you can edit the registry instead:
- Press the Windows key + R, type regedit and hit Enter.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Policies\ Microsoft\ Windows.
- Click Edit > New > Key, name it WindowsUpdate and press Enter.
- Select the new key and click Edit > New > Key, name it AU and press Enter.
- Select the new key and click Edit > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, name it NoAutoUpdateand press Enter.
- Double click the new item and set its value to 1 before clicking OK.
If disabling updates is a little extreme; there is another option available. You can opt to pause updates for a while, in the hope that quality control will improve in the meantime.
- Click the Start button followed by the Settings
- Click Update & Security and then click Advanced options.
- In the Pause updates section, you can use the dropdown menu to choose a date in the future. No updates will be installed until this time.