Fixing Windows 10 Automatic Updates Install Problem

"Windows Update" is an essential program and part of Windows operating system. It regularly checks Microsoft servers for available updates, hotfixes and new hardware drivers. If it finds any new updates available, it notifies you about the updates and lets you download and install them in your computer system.

Installing these updates in Windows is very important as it improves Windows performance, reliability and stability. It also fixes several security issues if found in Windows operating system.

In previous Windows versions such as Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, Microsoft always allowed Windows users to customize Windows Update settings. Users were able to choose whether Windows should automatically download and install the updates or should it notify first about the updates available. It helped users in deciding whether he wanted to install particular update or not. It also helped in saving valuable Internet connection bandwidth if the user was on a limited Internet connection.

But in the latest Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft has removed the ability to disable or change Windows Update download behavior. In Windows 10, all updates are automatically downloaded and installed without notifying the user. Although its not a problem as Windows updates are helpful for the OS but sometimes a faulty device driver might get installed via Windows Update which may cause your computer not bootable. Sometimes a few Windows updates may also cause system problems. So many Windows users want to disable Windows updates.

Although Microsoft has disabled Windows Update customization options in Windows 10, there are a few ways present to block or manually download Windows updates in Windows 10.

If you are using Windows 10 and want to change Windows Update download behavior or want to permanently disable or block Windows Update, following methods will definitely help you.

We are listing all possible methods and you can try any of the desired method according to your requirements. All these methods will work in all Windows 10 editions such as Windows 10 Home, Pro, etc:

  • METHOD 1: Customize Windows Update Using Advanced Options Page
  • METHOD 2: Hide Updates Using Official Troubleshooter Tool from Microsoft
  • METHOD 3: Set Your Internet Connection as Metered Connection
  • METHOD 4: Change Windows Update Settings Using Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)
  • METHOD 5: Change Windows Update Settings Using Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  • METHOD 6: Disable Windows Update Using Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  • METHOD 7: Disable Windows Update Service

Now without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

METHOD 1: Customize Windows Update Using Advanced Options Page

This is the most basic method to customize Windows Update settings in Windows 10 and prevent it from downloading at least some updates automatically and also prevent it from automatically restarting the computer.

This method will not disable or block Windows Update. If you want a simple and basic method, this is for you!

1. Open Settings app from Start Menu and go to "Update & security -> Windows Update".

2. Now click on "Advanced options" link.


3. Now uncheck "Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows" option. It'll block automatic download of a few updates which are related to various Microsoft products.

4. Now enable "Defer feature updates" option. When this option is enabled, new Windows updates will not be downloaded and installed for several days or months. But security updates will be downloaded immediately. Enabling this option will ensure you that all Windows updates will receive enough testing before they get installed in your computer.


5. Now click on "Choose how updates are delivered" link and set the slider to Off given under "Updates from more than one place". It'll help you in saving your Internet connection bandwidth as this feature works quite similar to P2P or torrents.


UPDATE: In newer Windows 10 builds, you can also adjust "Active Hours" by clicking on "Change active hours" link given on Windows Update page. There you can select the time when Windows should not restart your computer to install updates.


METHOD 2: Hide Updates Using Official Troubleshooter Tool from Microsoft

Microsoft has also released an official Windows Update troubleshooter tool for Windows 10 which tries to bring the good ol' show or hide Windows updates option back in Windows 10.

First download the tool from following link:

Download Windows 10 Updates Troubleshooter Tool from Microsoft

Run the tool and it'll provide you an option to show or hide Windows updates.

Click on "Hide updates" option and you'll be able to hide desired update given in the list.


The tool might come handy if you want to disable unwanted driver updates or unnecessary Windows features or programs.

METHOD 3: Set Your Internet Connection as Metered Connection

There is another workaround to prevent Windows from automatically download and install updates.

You just need to set your Internet connection as Metered connection and Windows will not download new updates on a metered connection.

To set your Internet connection as Metered, follow these simple steps:

1. Open Settings app from Start Menu and go to "Network & Internet".

2. Now select your Internet connection type from left-side pane and then click on Internet Connection name in right-side pane.


3. Now set the slider to On present under "Metered Connection".


That's it. Now Windows will not automatically download or install new updates in your computer as far as you keep your Internet connection as Metered.

Related: [Tip] Force Windows 10 to Use Ethernet Connection as Metered

METHOD 4 / 5: Change Windows Update Settings Using Group Policy or Registry

Now lets talk about some advanced methods!

Although Microsoft has removed built-in options to change Windows Update download behavior in Windows 10 but the good ol' Group Policy and Registry tweaks to customize Windows Update settings still work in Windows 10.

If you remember, we posted an exclusive tutorial to change Windows Update settings in Windows 10 when the settings are managed or disabled by system administrator at following link:

How to Change Windows Update Settings When Disabled by Administrator?

The tutorial was written when Windows 10 was under development and Microsoft disabled customizing Windows Update settings in Windows 10 Preview build.

The good thing is that the same trick still work in Windows 10 final version and you can use the given Group Policy Editor method or Registry Editor method to change Windows Update settings in Windows 10. You can set it to notify before download and install Windows updates or automatic download but notify before install updates or any other action.


BUT there is a small glitch. Since Microsoft has completely replaced old Windows Update program with a new modern app in Windows 10, the Group Policy or Registry tweak to change Windows Update settings don't work immediately. Even after restarting your computer or executing gpupdate /force command, the changes are not applied in Windows Update window.

Then how to force Windows 10 to apply our Group Policy or Registry changes? Its actually very simple! You just need to click on "Check for updates" button in Windows Update.

As soon as you click on the button, Windows will immediately apply the changes.

So you need to let Windows Update check for new updates at least once after you make changes in Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor.

Proof: Forcing Windows 10 to Always Notify Before Downloading Updates

METHOD 6: Disable Windows Update Using Registry Editor (regedit.exe)

If you want to completely disable or block Windows Update, you can use following Registry tweak:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:


3. Create a new key under Windows key and set its name as WindowsUpdate

4. Create another new key under WindowsUpdate key and set its name as AU

So the final key path would be:


5. Now select AU key and in right-side pane create a new DWORD NoAutoUpdate and set its value to 1


6. Close Registry Editor, open Windows Update and click on "Check for updates" button to force apply changes as mentioned in previous method.

If you decide to enable Windows Update again in future, simply delete the DWORD NoAutoUpdate from Registry.

METHOD 7: Disable Windows Update Service

At last you can disable "Windows Update" service completely in Windows 10 which will 100% block Windows 10 from downloading and installing updates in your computer.

1. Press Win+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box. Type services.msc in the textbox and press Enter. It'll open Services Manager.

2. Scroll down to bottom and you'll see a service "Windows Update" in the list.


3. Double-click on the service and change its Startup type to Disabled.

That's it. Now try to check for new updates in Windows Update and you'll see error message 0x80070422: there were some problems installing updates.

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That's it. You can use any of the above mentioned methods to change Windows Update download behavior or to block Windows Update in Windows 10. Although we don't recommend disabling or blocking Windows Update as the updates are required to keep Windows running fine and secure...

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  • Will the registry trick of disabling Automatic Windows Update work with a PC running Windows 10 Home?

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. All Windows 10 versions.

  • @VG
    Thanks a bunch, sir!

  • Thank you VG. Just what needed to show MS it's my pc I will decide when to update and what to.
    VG of all above method which one will be simple to make setting like "Check for update but let me decide what to download"

  • VG

    ^^ Method 3, 4 and 5.

  • Great tutorial! I hope I‘ll be able to avoid installing Microsoft Silverlight, Malicious Software Removal Tool and similar never used stuff.

  • Hi VG,

    If I use Method No. 3 will it affect my internet connection other than downloading/installing the Windows 10 updates? Thx

  • VG

    ^^ No.

  • In April senior Microsoft product marketing manager Helen Harmetz said during a Windows 10 webinar that users who forcibly stopped any Windows 10 updates would eventually have their security updates cut off.

    Read more:
    Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Updates Cannot Be Stopped

  • does all the setting here applies to all versions or limited ?
    cuz im running 10240 !!!! ?

  • Hi VG,

    I tried Method No. 3 and no "Metered Connection" option on my "Network & Internet" settings. The "Metered Connection" option was available on "Offline Maps" settings and it said that metered connection will not affect on Windows Updates. I use Windows 10 Home SL (upgraded from Windows 8.1 which was upgraded from Windows 8). Thanks.

  • Trouble in Windows Store, so i can't access store anymore, although i have disabled Windows Update services or AU on Registry Settings, Does the trick also blocks Windows Store?

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  • Hello Dave,

    Before coming across your instructions above I tried to resolve the issue for myself.

    I am new to both PCs and Win 10 64bit, straight from Win 7 64bit via the free upgrade, which went without a hitch.

    I have always set Windows update to notify me before installing but realised this option was not available to me in WIN 10 Home.

    To try to resolve this I did some research all of which suggested using gpedit, unfortunately this option is also not available in Win 10 Home.

    So next option was to use a registry hack very similar to the one you show.

    Having created the AU key and then in the right pane created a Dword renaming it AUOptions, I then set its value to 5, ( this was recommended in an other set of instruction elsewhere ), this didn't appear to give me any further options in windows update under advanced options.

    I then followed your instructions and reset the Dword value to 2 went back into Windows updates, checked for updates, having done so I was expecting to see further options for me under the advanced options/choose how updates are installed. But there are still only 2 options available, automatic and reschedule, ( reschedule is how I have it set now ).

    Am I misunderstanding, should there be further options under advanced options or will I only be notified when there is an update then I will see the effects of my regedit hack?

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

    You need to restart your computer first if you make changes using Registry Editor. After restart click on "Check for updates" button in Windows Update and then check Windows Update advanced options. Now the setting will be set to "Notify before download".

  • Sorry, didn't work for me. I have a Windows 10 free upgrade from Windows 8. I do not have a Group Policy Editor available. I have completed the Registry change option AND the steps to force the change through 3 days ago (and rebooted the PC 3 times since then). Today, a new update just downloaded and installed without any chance/options to alter the timing of this.
    What's gone wrong?

  • VG

    ^^ What value did you set for AUOptions DWORD in Registry? Also did you click on "Check for updates" button in Windows Update to apply changes as mentioned in the tutorial?

  • It does not work for me... I've did everything in this tutorail. Does it matter which language is installed on the OS for the reg keys? The OS Language that i'm using is dutch btw ;)

  • Hi
    I set the AUOptions to value 2.
    And yes, I did all the forcign steps, clicked check for Updates (have done so three times since I Made the Registry changes in fact), but I don't get the additonal options/messages.

  • Another update has installed itself this morning without me being given any choice or options (apart from being able to choose the restart time). I had yesterday changed the AUOption value to 5 AND then clicked the Check for Updates to force the change through. I then clicked on Advance Options but there was nothing different there.
    So I am sorry to say that your Registry workaround DOES NOT WORK - not for me anyway with the full post test version of Windows 10.

  • ^^ Setting AUOptions to 2 has worked for me.

  • VG

    I have added ready-made Registry script. Please use the script and restart your computer. After that click on "Check for updates" button in Windows Update and it'll set the download settings to "Notify before download" without any problem.

  • I used the script you made, it didn't work for me. This is so annoying.

  • Be advised that Methods 4 and 5 will not work if you have Windows 10 Home.

  • VG

    ^^ The Registry Editor method works in Home edition.

  • Regedit trick is not working in my Windows 10 home.

  • Hi VG,
    Seams method 3 is not available for local area network or Ethernet connections. I can only set my connection as metered when connecting to a wireless network.
    Any idea?

  • The script You designed for win 10 Home only works with 32 bit
    There is a need for a script for win 10 Home 64 bit
    as I do not trust myself to use registry editor

  • I chose method 5.

    METHOD 5: Change Windows Update Settings Using Registry Editor (regedit.exe)

    Windows 10 Home 64-bit, I only have only have 2 options:
    Automatic (recommended)
    Notify to schedule restart.

    ---AUOptions = 2

    No option in the drop-down about notifing before downloading.

  • The registry method does not work in windows 10 home. Actually nothing works. Not even the hide update thing. Windows just updated my gpu driver again.

  • (I first posted the following to "Forcing Windows 10 to Always Notify Before Downloading Updates." I'm not sure which place is better, so I'm putting it here also. Also, one suggestion: it would be helpful if all "articles", questions/comments, and answers had dates attached, so we would have a timeframe for all the info provided. Thanks.)

    I have W10 Pro. Making the change in gpedit had absolutely no effect. I guess I'll make the change in regedit also and see if that works. What about setting gpedit to Disable; is that the same as Enable with a value of 2? Thanks.

  • VG

    ^^ No. Setting it to disabled means do not allow user to configure Windows Update settings. Make sure you do the thing mentioned in the "NOTE for Windows 10 Users:":

  • Registry script worked for me - Win 10 Pro, but I have a message at the top of the screen "Some settings are managed by your organisation".
    How do I get rid of this? I'm logged in as local admin, PC's not part of any corporate network.

  • VG

    ^^ Ignore that message. Its shown because we are using settings given specially for administrators to manage user restrictions.

  • I've just about given up on getting any meaningful improvement on the Windows Update issue. I've used gpedit to test the various codes, but the best I can get is a notification to download ALL the updates as a group, or just ignore the updates and let them set there. As I've researched this issue, I've seen references to a Windows Update Control Panel and even seen screen shots of it, but none of the changes I've made with gpedit cause this Control Panel screen to appear. Can you provide any guidance here? Thank you.

  • I am not attempting to stop automatic download or install of updates. I need to stop automatic rebooting. The schedule is still going to reboot the machine and jack up the other virtual machines and appliances I have running on it at some random time in the middle of the night.
    I simply need the installs to complete and let me know I need to reboot. Which I will do. Rebooting is much quicker than recovering several virtual machines and appliances. It is costly to run esx and windows virtual. Then you need multiple machines and licenses.
    I am also curious why they would do this? The only real alternative is to not run updates. Which disallows for the testing we need before we go to work and impose it on people who are making the money that pays my pay check.

  • You can enable "defer upgrades" using the following Registry tweak:

    Replace the asterisk(*) with backslash(\)


    Enable this policy in order to defer upgrades for up to eight months.

    Source: Microsoft's website (gpsearch azurewebsites)

  • Sir,
    I have installed Windows 10 Pro 5 times now hoping that the (Explorer.exe Application Error) will be fixed. All of my past Windows OS have always worked great. XP, Vista and 7.
    I really like the Appearance of Win 10.
    Another problem is the Updates. I read about fixes for problems on the Internet but I am unable to manually update a Hotfix. If there is a way, I would really like to know how.....
    I have heard that there may be a big upgrade in January 2016.
    ( I have a DELL Inspiron 15 N5050. JX2ZLP1)

    Please help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The new update requirement leaves my machine all night. It even installed updates during a tech support call. Very bad manners. Auto updates slows startup and shut down without telling me what is going on. Not sure which step is best to Win 7 so my last gasp is PULL the Blug.

  • VG, I suggest you to edit this article as Using registry editor to stop download Automatic updates for Home version (Method 4 or 5)has been disabled by Microsoft earlier.Group policy editor works, but the registry edit for home does not work

  • VG

    ^^ When you apply group policy, it automatically creates the same DWORDs in Registry so theoretically there is no difference between both methods. You just need to restart after applying Registry method and then manually check for new updates in Windows Update to apply changes.

  • So you are saying that this should work in Windows 10 home?

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. It should work.

  • None of this helps for my Windows Update - my tablet says "Windows needs more space" on the C: drive to do an update, it needs 8+ GB. So from the drop-down for "Çhoose another drive...'' I choose the D: drive which has 57+ GB. But then it just sits there - the screen has no button to push, and pushing enter or mouse-clicking does nothing!

  • OK,,i have win 10 pro...we are in a WUS server, my machine is not checking for updates, lat time it was check and updated was 2/10/16. i have approved win 10 updates...they r not getting to the win 10 7 pcs working...i notice bits must be running for updates to work,,,it is constantly going back to manual..something is not right, my was works with all other pc' 7 & vista...


  • Doesn't work. Set the AU keys to 3, made Win10 check for updates, it still doesn't show as notify to install.

  • Hah that Metered Connection trick is so simple yet so brilliant. Cheers.

  • Your article is very interesting if you want to block Windows 10 updates but do you have a fix for people like me who are on a metered connection and find it impossible to update. Until recently I could update by clicking "Retry" then "instal" when advised that updates failed to instal but now when I click "Retry" the process is as before and the Instal Updates is skipped (it momentarily displays).
    There must be thousands of people who have this problem and am really surprised that Microsoft have not taken this consideration. They even state that updates cannot be downloaded on a metered connection.
    Hope you have a simple fix.
    Regards, Geo Jack

  • Hi, Thanks for this. Do you think MS could just put a box up for the start and end time for downloads to occur? I can understand the having 'to take them part' for majority of users. What I can't understand is why they don't realize the bandwidth they use to do this might possibly be slow or metered and not connected via wifi? Is that so hard to comprehend?

    All I want is to tell it , do it between midnite and 5 am. Otherwise my extremely slow speed makes for non functional PC during downloads. They seem to have a 'clever' algorithm that notices when things are inactive and the update downloads commence, like when you are reading a webpage and just getting ready to hit a link, which gets you a time out.
    /rant off
    thank you for your efforts and attention to detail.

  • I have the latest Windows 10 Home edition build 1511. I confirm that methods 4/5 DO NOT WORK in that build of windows. In that windows build the screen Setup/Updates/Advanced have no differed upgrades option and has somewhat different look. The screens on this site are either for Pro version or for the outdated build of windows 10 Home edition.

    (Win 10 Home ed. also do not have gpedit option. There is a workaround to get gpedit option on Windows Home 10, but even with it the Administrative Templates there have no Update section, so it is unusable for the update control purpose).

  • The option for Method 1 no longer seems to be present on Windows 10 as of at least 8/16/16. Whatever update went out last night restarted my computer without my permission overnight. The "Advanced options" section in Method 1 does not exist any more.

  • This article needs to be thoroughly reviewed and updated to cover Windows 10 v1607. As it stands, a number of the instructions do not apply. Also, I would suggest carefully testing any solutions you feel are still relevant, as they may not actually work even if, say the Group Policy values, appear to exist and have been set properly.

  • Does not work anymore, my PC just shutdown on me while I was taking notes on google keep from a telephone call and I had to wait 12 minutes for the update to finish before I was able to login again. This is the absolute worst thing I've seen in windows since windows 95. I just spent 3000$ on a gaming PC and deeply regret not buying console instead, windows 10 is a nightmare.

  • Great instructions. Can you include a date for the article/comments or a "most recent version of Windows for which this has been tested" please? I've noticed several menu choice changes with version 1607 and with the various methods you've provided, it's not clear which ones might apply only to 1511 or earlier versions.


  • VG

    Tutorial has been updated to include instructions for the latest Windows 10 version.

  • This is useful, except it does Not allow one to choose when to install and reboot. I do not wish to block the updates, I wish to choose when the computer updates so it doesn't screw up my ongoing work. I got up to go do something and came back and it had rebooted losing things important to Me, though maybe not to King Microsoft.

    Is there ANY way to choose when it reboots?

  • VG

    ^^ You can use "Active Hours" feature. Check the "UPDATE" note given in METHOD 1.

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