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  • Added on: Oct 12 2016 03:02 PM
  • Date Updated: May 20 2018 11:36 PM
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[TUTORIAL] Disabling Automatic Windows Update (Win 10 Anniversary Update)

Windows 10 Anniversary Edition is nice and all, but some users like to control when they have updates delivered to them. You are no longer able to control Windows Update options in the Settings menu from Start.

Posted by Dominick M. on Oct 12 2016 03:02 PM

We take absolutely no responsibility for any damages that may occur if you disable updates entirely, or do not update in a timely manner. This tutorial is here for educational purposes only. Use at your own risk.


This is actually really simple to do, granted you know your way around GPEdit.

  • Windows Key + R to bring up the run menu
  • Type "gpedit.msc" without the quotes, hit enter
  • Under Computer Configuration, expand the Administrative Templates folder tree
  • Under Administrative Templates, find and expand the Windows Components folder tree
  • Scroll all the way down until you see Windows Update
The options you'll likely want to change follow:
  • Configure Automatic Updates
    • Default: Not configured
    • Enable this policy
    • Under options, you can set the following
      • 2 - Notify for download and notify for install
      • 3 - Auto download and notify for install
      • 4 - Auto download and schedule the install
      • 5 - Allow local admin to choose setting (This is probably what you want to set the automatic update to. You can then control Windows Updates from the control panel.)
    • Other option (not recommended)
      • Change from Not Configured to Disabled. This will completely disable the Windows Update automation.
  • No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations
    • Default: Not configured
    • Enable this policy
    • This policy has no options


It's really, that simple.




EDIT: May 20th, 2018


Windows 10 Home installations are not shipped with gpedit by default. We can fix this by running a batch script.

@echo off 
pushd "%~dp0" 

dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~3.mum >List.txt 
dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~3.mum >>List.txt 

for /f %%i in ('findstr /i . List.txt 2^>nul') do dism /online /norestart /add-package:"%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages%%i" 
After executing this as a .bat file, you should be able to access the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) and follow the above mentioned instructions to alter the behavior of Windows Update to your liking.

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