Disable Windows update

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:

  1. Press the Windows key + R, type msc and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration\ Administrative Templates\ Windows Components\ Windows Update, and double click Configure Automatic Updates.
  3. 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:

  1. Press the Windows key + R, type regedit and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Policies\ Microsoft\ Windows.
  3. Click Edit > New > Key, name it WindowsUpdate and press Enter.
  4. Select the new key and click Edit > New > Key, name it AU and press Enter.
  5. Select the new key and click Edit > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, name it NoAutoUpdateand press Enter.
  6. 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.

  1. Click the Start button followed by the Settings
  2. Click Update & Security and then click Advanced options.
  3. 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.

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