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How To Turn Off Updates In Windows 7, 8 And 10?

how to turn off windows updates

If you have been observing data consumption on the operating system for a while, then it might possibly be due to Windows update. So, to sort things out, you can go through the steps we have compiled for Windows 7,8 and 10.

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How to Turn off Automatic Updates in Windows 7?

Step 1: Open the ‘Start’ menu by clicking on the button present towards the leftmost bottom corner.

Step 2: In the search box, you then need to type ‘Windows Update’ and select the desired option listed under the heading ‘Programs’.

How the turn off automatic updates in Windows 8

Step 3: Then move on to select ‘Change Settings’ present in the left pane.

How the turn off automatic updates in Windows 8

Step 4: As you go through the options, you can select the one you wish to opt for. The text is self-explanatory and you don’t need to avail help of an IT professional. Just in case you wish to disable the updates, then click ‘Never check for updates (not recommended)’.

Step 5: Proceed for confirming the action by clicking ‘OK’.

How the Turn off Automatic Updates in Windows 8?

Just like the earlier version, it’s simple and easy to turn off updates in Windows 8.

Step 1: Go to the ‘Search Panel’ by pressing and holding the keys ‘Windows and F’ together.

Step 2: Once the empty box is visible, move ahead by typing ‘windows update’ and select ‘Settings’ from the search results.

Step 3: Towards the left hand side, you can then accomplish the task after clicking ‘Turn automatic updating on or off’.

Alternatively, the important updates can be  disabled, by clicking ‘Install updates automatically’ and then selecting ‘Download updates but let me choose whether to install them’ from the drop-down list under the relevant section. Finally, you should remember to click ‘OK’ for the confirmation.

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How to Turn off Updates in Windows 10?

It’s very much easy to turn off updated in Windows 10. Here are the steps you need to follow.

Step 1: Go to the start icon and access ‘Control Panel >> Administrative Tools’ followed by services.

Step 2: Once the service window appears on the screen, you should scroll down till the Windows Update option is visible.

Step 3: In order to disable the option, you should right-click on the process and click ‘Properties’.

Step 4: Later select the option ‘Disabled’ and click ‘OK’ to confirm.



NOTE: Even though you might be following the aforementioned steps, you need to turn the option on only when it’s required to download and thereby update the operating system. But, once you have switched off the option, you can go to settings and view a message that it’s unable to install the updates because the computer was stopped.

Yet another way would be to modify some settings through the Group Policy editor. Firstly, you should run ‘gpedit’ and follow the path as mentioned below.

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.

Towards the right-hand side, you must double-click ‘Configure Automatic Updates’ and alter the settings as per your needs.

Usually, we don’t recommend you to follow the second way. But, in case the operating system starts slowing down due to downloads in the background, then the way would definitely be useful.

Setting the connection to ‘Metered’ is another way to stop Windows 10 from downloading updates automatically.

Step 1: Go to the ‘Settings’ option and follow the path ‘Network & Internet > WiFi > Advanced options’.

Step 2: Change the slider to a certain position so that you can help yourself set the desired connection.

Step 3: Under ‘Network & Internet’ you need to turn on the Wi-Fi connection.

Step 4: Click ‘Advanced Options’ and go to the ‘Metered Connection’ section once a window pops up.

Step 5: Finally, move the position of the slider till it’s turned on. Apart from stopping the updates, the live tiles won’t notify you of the latest information.

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Written by Hardip Koradia

Hardip Koradia is a pro tech blogger with years of experience in writing resourceful articles on different tech topics like mobile apps, PCs, gadgets, software, how to guides, etc. His passion for technology inspired him to start Techbylws, a growing tech blog.