Forcing Windows 10 to Always Notify Before Downloading Updates
Recently we told you about Windows 10 automatic updates download problem. We also provided various solutions to fix this problem which helped you in either disabling Automatic updates completely or forcing Windows 10 to notify you before downloading or installing updates:
The methods 4 and 5 given in the above tutorial help you in stopping Windows 10 from automatically downloading new updates. You can set Windows to show a notification in Action Center about new updates available. Windows 10 will never download the updates automatically. It'll only download the updates once you open Windows Updates and manually click on the Download button.
Here is the proof that these methods work and Windows 10 shows notification message about new updates:
Today when new updates became available, Windows 10 showed a notification message "You need some updates. Select this message to install." at the bottom-right corner of the screen:
The message was shown for a few seconds and then disappeared. But Action Center still contained the message. When I clicked on Action Center icon in Taskbar notification area, I was able to find the same message:
Once I clicked on the message, it launched Windows Update page in Settings app and Windows told me that new updates are ready to download. There was a download button given to start downloading the updates:
So if you follow method 4 or 5 in the above mentioned tutorial, you'll be able to prevent Windows 10 from automatically downloading and installing updates in your system.
NOTE: Remember one thing! It doesn't matter which method do you use whether its Group Policy method or Registry Editor method, both methods will work only if you check for updates again in Windows Updates. In other words, once you apply the changes using Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor, you need to open Windows Update in Settings app and manually click on "Check for updates" button. Only after that Windows 10 will accept your changes and will stop downloading and installing updates automatically.
So if you want to force Windows 10 to notify you before downloading new updates, check out Group Policy and Registry Editor methods given in following tutorial:
The methods will work without any problem but don't forget to check for updates in Windows Updates after using the methods.
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