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How to Turn Off Windows 10 Update Permanently

If you are new to Windows 10 or intending to buy a new computer with Windows 10 OS in the near future, then this post is for you. Auto update is one challenge you will face once you are new to Windows 10, but we will look into the temporal and permanent solution to that.

If you are new to Windows 10 or intending to buy a new computer with Windows 10 OS in the near future, then this post is for you.

A friend once told me a story of how he wanted to use his hot-spot on a friend’s laptop with the one-month data subscription he made. Before he could even open up the system’s browser to type, the data got finished.

Just imagine exhausting your one-month data subscription in an hour. Not funny at all.

Nothing is also as painful as buying your new Windows 10 Pc only to get an alert a few months into enjoying the system that your Microsoft application is about to expire.

Auto-update is one challenge you will face once you buy Windows 10, but we will look into the temporal and permanent solution to that.

What happened to my friend was that his friend’s laptop was on auto-update and that wiped his data one time before he even started browsing.

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Steps to Turn Off Windows 10 Updates Permanently

Step1. Type “run” on the search windows box on the taskbar (that is the box with search windows written inside). Then press Enter Key on your keyboard.

windows 10 search bar

Step2. A “Run dialogue box” will appear, asking you to type the name of what you want to run. On the text box beside Open: type “services.msc“. Then press Enter key on your keyboard. This will open the Services window displaying all the local services

Windows Run Dialogue box
Run Dialogue box

Step3. Then scroll down the list of services until you get to “Windows update” towards the button.

windows services

Step4. Double click it and another dialogue box will appear, where you see “Startup type” change the value to “disabled“. Then after that, click apply at the bottom of the box and click OK.

windows 10 update

With this done, your Windows 10 will no longer run updates until you enable it back again.

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How to Stop Updates on Microsoft Applications

To keep your Microsoft applications free from updates too, go to each of the applications like Microsoft word and turn off updates. The steps to turn off updates on Office apps are;

Step1. Open an Office app, such as Word.

Step2. Create a new blank document by clicking on Blank document option.

Step3. Click on File on the menu bar.

Step4. Go through the menu option and click on Account.

Step5. On the right side, click the Update options menu.

Step6. Select the Disable Updates option.

Step7. Click the Yes button to confirm.

Microsoft Office Account Setting

Once you complete these steps, that your Microsoft Office app will no longer download and install updates automatically. Repeat the process for other apps like Excel, PowerPoint etc.

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How to Turn Off Windows 10 Update Temporary

Windows auto-update always happens in unmetered WiFi networks, by that I mean if you connect your hot-spot to your system and the network is not set as a metered network on your computer, it will instantly trigger windows auto-update.

To temporary stop updates while on the metered hot-spot network. Click on the start button on the taskbar or press the window key on the keyboard.

Then select settings (that is the gear ⛮ icon on top of the power button), then select the “Network & Internet” settings.

windows setting

On the left pane where you have your menu for Network & Internet listed, select Wi-Fi immediately under status, and your available network will be listed by the right. Select the name of your hot-spot or change connection properties.

Scroll down until you see Metered connection and check if “set as metered connection” is toggled on, if not, toggle it on and you are good to go. Each time you are connected on this network using your computer, your Windows update will never start except if you do so manually.

This solution is temporary. This is because if you happen to change your hot-spot name or password accidentally, it will be unmarked as a metered network and auto-update will start again.

After that on the same settings menu, select “Update & security”, select advanced settings, and then toggle off the first button you see.

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If you are a Windows 10 user and you went through the frustration of auto-update, share your experience on the comment box.

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