Windows 10: 3 Tips for Stopping Forced Updates

Option 2: Setup You WiFi as A Metered Connection

Windows 10 promised us to save bandwidth on metered connections. For this case, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 will only download and install updates automatically if it is classified as a Priority’.

Microsoft has not revealed how they classify what it is a priority and what is not. However, this prioritization does cut down less serious updates which typically include new drivers updates and software features. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app (Win + I)
  2. Then, open the ‘Network & Internet’ section
  3. Now, open ‘Wi-Fi’ and click ‘Advanced Options’
  4. Toggle ‘Set as metered connection’ to ‘On’

Note: This only works on WiFi connections only. If your PC is on an Ethernet connection, the Metered Connection option will be disabled.

Option 3: Group Policy Editor

This option is a little bit more complex, but it will work better because the group policy editor will notify you about new updates without automatically installing them; however, the security updates will install automatically.

Note: This only works on Windows 10 Education, Pro and Enterprise editions; it is not available Windows 10 Home users.

  1. Open the Run command (Win + R), in it type: gpedit.msc and press enter
  2. Navigate to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update
  3. Now, open this and change the Configure Automatic Updates setting to ‘2 – Notify for download and notify for install’
  4. Then, open the Settings app (Win + I) and navigate to -> Update and Security -> Windows Updates. Click ‘Check for updates’ which applies the new configuration setting
  5. Restart

 

We can only hope that Microsoft will give us more control over these updates and maybe incorporate those options on future builds, but until that time comes, these workaround will do the trick.

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