How to stop updates: Windows 10

how to stop updates Windows 10

This detailed guide on how to stop updates: Windows 10 outlines the steps to block them in the current version and older versions of Windows 210.

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Windows updates often start at the most inopportune times. New Windows 10 versions almost cause panic among some users. At the moment, things are running fairly well in the home or office and you don’t want to be ruined by faulty updates. Old stories of forced updates come up again. But there is no longer too much pressure so the steps below show you how to stop Windows 10 updates quite easily.

When it comes to Windows 10 feature updates, there are three types of Windows users. For the most part, new versions such as the current Windows 10 2004 (alias May 2020) update by the very least. Then there is the second group of tech-savvy users who can no longer wait or who may have already pulled the update from the Windows Insider Program. 

And then there is the third group that is afraid of forced updates and wants to block the update. “Never change a running system” is a good attitude and it has been shown time and again that it is clever to wait until the teething troubles have cured with a major feature update such as Windows 10 2004. 

Microsoft knows that too, and so the update mechanism has been defused over the years. There can be no longer any question of forced updates, Windows 10 2004 certainly doesn’t just happen to come onto your system by chance.

How to stop updates: Windows 10 current version – step by step

If Windows bothered you with an automatic update again, you can simply cancel it and run it at a more convenient time. Unfortunately there is no separate button for this. Instead, you have to enter a command in the Windows console to cancel an update. Follow our step-by-step instructions.

  1. Open the start menu and enter ” cmd ” in the search field.
  2. Then right click on ” Command Prompt “. Select the “Run as administrator ” option. You may have to enter your administrator data here. Usually these correspond to your login data for the computer.
  3. The console opens. Enter there net stop wuauserv and confirm with [ Enter ]. Now the Windows update that has just started has been canceled
  4. You can start it again manually at a convenient time in the update settings. See the steps at the bottom of this article to do a manual update.

How to stop updates: Windows 10 – via paid network connection

Windows is configured so that updates are not downloaded while you are on a paid network. This ensures that you will not incur any additional costs.

With the following instructions you can show your operating system that you are in a paid network and that no updates should be downloaded. No need to worry – there are of course no additional costs for you.

  1. Press the Windows and X keys
  2. Choose Settings
  3. Open Network and Internet
  4. Under WLAN, select your current network connection *
  5. Set the switch under Clocked Connection to On

* If your PC is connected to the network via cable instead of WLAN, select Ethernet instead of WLAN at point four.

How to stop updates: Windows 10 – Deactivate individual Windows 10 updates

Unfortunately, thanks to Microsoft, individual updates can no longer be deactivated so easily. However, the company has tried to make up for its mistake and has provided a tool that makes this function possible again.
To do this, proceed as follows:

  1. Download the program Microsoft Support Show or Hide Updates 
  2. Install and open the update
  3. Select “Hide Updates”
  4. Mark all updates that should not be updated and confirm with “Next”

How to stop updates: Windows 10 – alternative to pause Windows Update

If you hesitate to deactivate the Windows 10 update completely, you can alternatively just pause or suspend it. First you need the free Windows 10 Creators Update. To do this, proceed as follows:

  1. Open Windows Settings
  2. Click Update & Security
  3. Now select Advanced Options
  4. Enable Suspend Updates

Warning: If you deactivate the pause again, Windows 10 will update itself. Only after these updates can further updates be suspended again.

Windows 10 – Function updates are special cases

Microsoft has been separating function updates from other updates since spring 2019. If you don’t know which version of Windows you are running, the command “winver” reveals it, which you simply type after pressing the Windows key. 

If it says version 1903 or 1909, then Windows 10 2004 will certainly not come out just like that. Instead, it will show up at some point in Windows Update under the familiar button that you can use to manually check for updates. You will then see the available feature update and must click “Download and Install” if you want the update. 

Conversely, Windows 10 2004 will not be installed unless you click on it. Please note: You cannot ignore new Windows 10 feature updates for an indefinite period of time. Individual versions are provided with security updates for around 1.5 years, after which Microsoft becomes a bit more intrusive and advises you that your version is slowly becoming out of date. 

And at some point there will be an auto update after all, because Microsoft wants to prevent Windows 10 versions from being on the way that no longer receive security updates. The exact support periods can be found in this Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet.

How to stop updates in older Windows 10 versions

It gets a little trickier if you are still using an older version of Windows 10, such as 1803 or 1809. According to current figures , that is around 15 percent of Windows 10 users. Company PCs are a separate construction site again because the support periods are longer, but as a private user you are only in the support window at 1809. 

There will be updates for this version until November 2020 and that only because of the corona pandemic. Version 1803 is already out of date.Note that there is no special treatment for function updates in these versions, i.e. a click on “Check for updates” also fetches function updates. 

Pro users can set a delay in the advanced update settings, home users lack this option in these versions. To delay the Windows May update, users can use a trick and set your Internet connection as “metered”.Windows 10 then saves on downloads and does not load large chunks like the Windows May Update. You can do this under “Network and Internet”. If you access the network via WLAN, click on “WLAN” and then the active connection. Set the switch under “Clocked connection” to “On”.

Deactivate the forced method for updates

For a short time only: For a short time you can completely disconnect Windows Update with an update blocker.
For a short time only: For a short time you can completely disconnect Windows Update with an update blocker. CHIP

One option for the older versions of Windows 10 is also to disable Windows Update services. The only problem is that it’s not that easy, especially because Windows keeps switching the services on. Tools like Windows Update Blocker block updates completely and prevent the service settings from being changed.Be careful with this method and only use it for a short time, for example to avoid accidentally receiving the Windows May update. The tool switches off all updates, after a short transition phase you should allow Windows Update again.

Forced updates have been defusedMicrosoft has become extremely cautious about the distribution of feature updates. If you have a Windows 10 version from 2019, you don’t have to worry that Windows 10 2004 will be loaded and installed automatically. 

Only when users become active themselves can they get the update.With Windows 10 from 2018 it looks a little different. At that time there was no special treatment for function updates and support for all these versions is slowly ending. But here too, if you don’t actively search for updates, you should be spared Windows 10 2004 for a while. 

Before the automatic update takes effect, users should receive unmistakable information. The “compulsion” then only takes effect so that users do not have to go with completely outdated Windows versions for which there are no longer any updates.

Update blockers are to be used with caution, because they intervene deeply in the system and Windows has a lot of tricks on it to keep Windows Update functional. This can cause problems that you actually wanted to keep at bay.

Conclusion on deactivating Windows 10 update

We recommend if you are new to this, that you only deactivate the automatic Windows updates in an emergency. The resulting security risks can often only be correctly assessed by experts.

Should the automatic update of your PC still be deactivated, we recommend deactivating the updates via the Windows menu. If there are problems on your PC after a Windows update, it helps to revise the last update by resetting the Windows update.

Reset Windows Update automatically

You should carry out the automatic reset process as soon as possible after a new update. Why? Your PC only makes the old backup files available on your PC for a short period after the update. To change your PC to the old version after an update, proceed as follows:

  1. Press the STR + X keys
  2. Click Settings
  3. Select Updates & Security
  4. Click on Recovery
  5. Go back to the previous version of Windows 10
  6. Click on “Let’s go”

If you have pressed the button mentioned in the recovery menu, your computer will start the recovery process.

You will be asked why you were dissatisfied with the new Windows version. This information helps Microsoft to avoid errors in future updates.

The next step is to check for new updates, as a newer version could possibly solve your problem. You can, however, skip this step manually.
For security reasons, Microsoft is very interested in your PC being operated with the latest Windows version, so these queries are important before the actual recovery process.

Your PC will then restart and, once it has successfully started up, will report back with the message that you have switched to the old version.

Finally, you should disable the automatic updates of your PC so that the error does not recur.

Reset Windows Update manually

If you want to manually reset Windows Update, do the following:

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut Windows + R
  2. Enter the command cmd in the input field and then press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + Enter . (This starts the command prompt with administrator rights.)
  3. Enter the following commands one after the other:
    1. net stop bits
    2. net stop wuauserv
    3. net stop appidsvc
    4. net stop cryptsvc
    This will stop running update services.
  4. The following commands ensure that two download folders are renamed:
    1. ren% systemroot% \ SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
    2. ren% systemroot% \ system32 \ catroot2 catroot2.bak
  5. Reset the update service and the BITS service with the two commands:
  6. Now start the Windows Update services with the following commands:
    1. net start bits
    2. net start wuauserv
    3. net start appidsvc
    4. net start cryptSvc

If you get an error message or have other problems during the reset, you should start your PC in Safe Mode and run the commands again.

Conclusion on resetting Windows update

If problems occur with your PC after a Windows update, this usually has a simple cause. The update from Microsoft is rarely the main reason for hardware or software that is no longer functioning correctly. Often certain hardware components such as graphics or sound cards are no longer recognized after an update.

This is often due to the fact that the new Windows version does not harmonize with the old drivers. We recommend that you bring all hardware drivers up to date before resetting the update. If the update does not show the desired result, the last option is to reset your operating system version.

How to update Windows 10 manually

Would you like to check for Windows updates manually? Then just follow our step-by-step instructions below. Windows 10 actually installs all updates automatically. But if there are problems with the operating system or you want to install an update immediately after its release, you can also manually search for updates and install them. We’ll show you how to do this in the following:

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Open Windows settings
    Use the key combination [Windows] + [I] to open the settings and then select the item ” Updates and Security “.
  2. Look for updates
    Now click on ” Check for Updates “.
  3. Updates are installed automatically
    If new updates are available, they will now be installed automatically. It can take a while.