Disable Automatic Updates on Windows 10 & Save Bandwidth
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Disable Automatic Updates on Windows 10 & Save Bandwidth


Windows 10 is claimed to be the best operating system ever developed by Microsoft. Unfortunately, it bagged haters more than the fans with forcible restrictions like incompatibilities with the old hardware (even of 2 years old) and no control over the options like operating system updates.

Hardware incompatibilities might be because of the advanced technologies that are used to build this operating system but the customization is what people carve for when it comes to the software. Microsoft is known to be signing up deals with the computer manufacturers to make the future computers compatible with only the Windows 10 but not down-versioned operating systems if Microsoft.

One of the uncontrollable options that Microsoft Windows 10 has is the control over the automatic updates. Windows users are wondering why this option is not made user controllable.

There are two obvious reasons why Microsoft would have made the automatic updates essential. One is that they might have afraid of losing their subscriptions if automatic updates are allowed to be disabled. The second reason relates to the security of the operating system.

Are automatic updates bad?

Any update the a digital device gets from the vendor is not bad at all. It might have bugs but the motive of that update would be to improve the user experience and enhance the security.

The automatic updates will keep your system patched with missing functionalities, security updates and improve user experience. In fact, it is always better to keep the updates to download and get installed automatically.

Then why disable automatic updates?

The top 3 reasons that I found in my experience to disable the automatic updates are,
  1. Frequency of updates
  2. Updating while working
  3. Consumes all bandwidth
1. Frequency of updates – It would be great to get updates weekly or monthly. But, Microsoft sends updates to Windows 10 daily (including Windows Defender virus definitions). The update frequency of Windows XP. 7 or 8 and 8.1 were not used to happen this often.

2. Updating while working – Updates are supposed to get downloaded and installed while the system is left idle. It would be distracting and interrupting to get updates while working. The whole computer might lag or or the piece of software that we are working on might not respond properly. It would sometimes leads is to restart the computer which might cost the loss of unsaved work done.

3. Consumes all bandwidth – It is the major problem an average windows 10 operating system user would face with updates. It consumes all the bandwidth to download the updates always and halts the programs to install them sometimes.

Countries like India are ranked last in internet speed in a recent survey. According to the survey report generated by Akamai Technologies Inc., the average speed of the internet in India is just 2.8Mbps. If it comes from a ISP like BSNL, the speed would be the 10% of the promised. That means, if they promise you 4Mbps, you would get 400Kbps only.

In that sense, how good is to get updates while working on the internet? It would not only slow down the process of loading websites, but also wastes a lot of time.

How to disable automatic updates on Windows 10?

Disabling automatic updates on Windows 10 is a bit tricky. You won’t be finding the option straight on the update console. Take a look at the screenshot below if you want.

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But, still you can access the controls to enable or disable the automatic updates from ‘Local Group Policy Editor’.

Go to Windows Search, type Edit Group Policy and then navigate to the following path.

Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update and double click on ‘Configure Automatic Updates’.

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Set the option ‘Enabled’ to ‘Disabled’ and click ‘Apply’, then ‘Ok’. Restart the system once and you are now relieved of automatic bandwidth eating updates on your Windows 10 computer.

Get Windows updates manually

If you want to get the updates manually, open ‘Configure Automatic Updates’ and select ‘Enabled’ from the configuration options and select ‘Notify for download and notify to install’ option from ‘Configure automatic updating’ settings.

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Watch the following video for the live instructions:




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