When Microsoft announced Windows 10 Anniversary Update, I was excited, but soon my excitement turned to disappointment; 🙁 I could not disable Windows 10 updates? The Group Policies hacks do not work anymore.
This is not the only reasons I disagree with the Anniversary Update, but that does not fall under the scope of this article. Microsoft is not playing fair; they force you to keep your computer up-to-date. Never mind if you can spare the bandwidth or not.
The reasoning behind this is; an up-to-date Windows is more secure. Yea sure, but keeping my Windows updated has never stopped malware from leaking in.
How to Disable Windows 10 updates?
Should it not be the decision of the end-user to update their software or not? Then again, go read your software license; the software (Windows 10) is not really yours to begin with. Yes, you paid for it; but it is not a purchase agreement, it is more like a rental agreement.
I touched some interesting topics above and we can discuss them some other time. You found this article, because you would like to disable Windows 10 updates post the Anniversary Update. I will stop ranting now and give you a solution.
The only way to disable Windows 10 updates post the Anniversary update is to disable and stop the Windows Update service. However, this is not a permanent solution. Windows 10 will in certain situations start the service back up automatically! The recommended solution is to set the connection type as metered. At least this way, updates will not be downloaded.
Enter Windows 10 Update Switch (Switch10)
I created Switch10 to disable Windows 10 updates quickly and efficiently, but also made it easy to enable updates if needed; because sometimes you want to update your computer. After consulting with the all-knowing Google, I found that the easiest method to Disable Windows 10 updates is to disable and stop the Windows Update service.
Remember; when you stop the Windows Update service, it will start right back up when you check for updates again as mentioned before. Enter metered connections; the second solution to the Windows 10 update dilemma. At least this way, you can stop Windows 10 from downloading updates and save on your bandwidth.
With Windows 10 Update Switch you can set different connections as metered. At the moment Windows 10 only allows you to set Wi-Fi connections as metered. Switch10 allows you to set 3G, 4G, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connection types as metered. With Switch10, you can quickly set these connection types back too non-metered when needed.
This does not disable Windows 10 updates, but will stop updates from downloading. This is the preferred method to use, because disabling the Windows Update service is unreliable. At least this still gives us some control over the Windows 10 Update process. I wonder, how long before Microsoft discontinue this feature?
Download Switch10 to Disable Windows 10 Updates
You can download Windows 10 Update Switch here. Hope you like it. Please let me know if you find any bugs or if you have suggestions. I love to hear from you. Your feedback is important and will enable us to create better tools.