Disable Automatic Updates in Windows 10

Windows 10 is the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft, the known company from RedMond.
Together with this newest version of Windows, also comes the well-known Microsoft Updates. As with previous versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 and Windows 8, you often have to restart your computer so that updates can be installed.
Updates, however, can take a lot of time. And not only the duration of updates can be an issue: they use a lot of system resources, internet bandwidth and often lead to windows update errors.
While updates bring the latest functionalities to your computer/laptop/tablet which runs no Windows 10, you may want to disable updates in Windows 10 altogether.

For people who run Windows 10 Home edition, it is fairly easy to block (automatic) windows updates.
Go to Settings (from Start menu), Update and Security, Windows Update and go to the Advanced options. From there, you can choose to defer updates in Windows 10.

If your version of Windows is the Professional edition, than you can only defer updates. You can stop Windows 10 updates for up to 8 months. After that date, you are out of luck by default.
Luckily, there is a trick to disable Windows 10 updates in Windows 10 Professional edition.
Open gpedit.msc on your Professional edition, search for Configure automatic updates. There, select ‘Notify for download and notify for install’.
From that moment, Windows will alert you with a notification once there are new updates available for your system.

 

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