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How do I edit the Registry to permanently disable Windows Updates?

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  • I have Windows 10 Home edition, not enterprise or pro. There's a story here, but I'm too furious to write it all over again so you'll just have to take the question at face value.

    I run a small business, and I have legacy programs and scientific analysis software that I cannot afford to have break with an unfriendly update. I absolutely cannot afford to have my computer catastrophically fail, as it did just recently.  I had to perform a clean install of Windows 10 build 1607 Anniversary Update.

    I want to edit the Registry to permanently stop Windows Updates--I cannot have this happen again, not to mention I find the idea of being advertised to on my own operating system insulting and degrading.

    In the MSDN database there are a number of ways described to disable updates--

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

            Key: DisableWindowsUpdateAccess

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Internet Communication Management\Internet Communication

            Key: DisableWindowsUpdateAccess

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

            Key: NoAutoUpdate

    Do I only need to use one of these keys, or do I need to use a combination? I'd like to know what issues there might be with using one key vs the others in terms of efficacy or unwanted side effects.

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 3:31 AM

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  • Hello,

    IMO, only this would be sufficient:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

    Key: NoAutoUpdate

    Type: DWORD

    Value: 1

    To enable updates again, remove AU registry key or delete NoAutoUpdate DWORD.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!

    Microsoft MVP (Windows and Devices for IT)

    Windows Insider MVP

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    Saturday, October 7, 2017 3:40 AM
  • This group policy does not work on Home versions.
    Saturday, October 7, 2017 4:22 AM
  • I'm not going to get into consequences, you are clearly beyond this.  As you say, this computer is for a small business, if you upgrade to Pro or Enterprise you can have more control over that and other items, e.g. store apps.  Downgrading to Windows 7 is an option if you mean business.

    You can disable the Windows Update service.

    1. Click Start, type Services and press Enter on the Services Desktop app
    2. Find the Windows Update service, double-click to open it.
    3. Change Startup type: to Disabled, click OK and restart to take effect.

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 5:29 AM
  • Hi,

    You can set Windows Update service startup type as "Disable" to disable the Windows Update as a workaround temporarily.

    However, your Windows Store app update will also be stopped.


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    Monday, October 9, 2017 7:15 AM
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  • Tried this several times.  This approach only applies temporary relief--maybe a day or two.  somehow the system restores a portion of the settings and voila--low and behold, it is back running updates on you.
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 1:16 AM
  • Same problem here. Does not matter stopping and disabling services etc. It always comes back. For me its pretty simple, Windows 10 comes with a malicious software called Windows 10 Update assistant. Its pretty clear that I have not bought a O.S. I instead seem to have rented an O.S. that is managed and controlled for me, in a incompetent way. I have no control over my own machine.

    And lets not even get to why i need to disable the windows update in the first place. Very bad O.S. 

    Sunday, February 11, 2018 12:48 PM
  • Not tried this personally, but it may be possible to create a scheduled task that stops and disables the service, and have that task trigger automatically if the service starts (as well as on boot or whatever other triggers you want). That should stop it and keep it stopped without making changes you can't undo, and is unlikely to be undone by anything MS do (you can call the task what you like).

    See the post at the end of this thread:

    https://superuser.com/questions/502160/run-a-scheduled-task-after-a-windows-service-is-started

    Then the task to run could be a batch file with a series of SC.EXE commands. e.g.

    SC stop wuauserv
    SC config wuauserv start= disabled
    (The space after the = matters.)
    Monday, February 12, 2018 10:01 AM
  • Actual IMO it not sufficient, I just got dropped out of a game because Microsoft decided to do an update with the au set

    Thursday, March 1, 2018 8:52 AM
  • Hi,

    I certainly hope this works.

    I play music in a pub for a living and when the updates start, it ramps up the CPU and internet to full throttle.

    Stuttery music is annoying at best and very embarrassing, especially when I try to stop the Service and it takes ages to tell me it can't be stopped, right in the middle of a session.

    Time after time I disable updates, only to find it has started again all by itself, pesky virus.

    Cheers. D.

    Friday, March 30, 2018 12:04 AM
  • Microsoft does not care about its customers, they will dump an update to you machine regardless of if you want it or not at any time of their choosing and it can be right in the middle of what you are doing. The above 3 regedits do seem to take care of it though. Shutting it off in the task manager will take care of minor updates but it wont stop them. Personally, with exception of a couple games I like to play that use M.S. I dont use anything Microsoft anymore. I tossed almost everything having to do with Microsoft except the os and the two games which I run on a separate hard drive. When I want to play the game I swap out the hard drive play the game and put Linux back in when I have work to do.

    things are much much calmer now.

    Saturday, April 7, 2018 1:48 AM
  • very good

    Saturday, April 7, 2018 1:48 AM
  • I have successfully stopped updates on win 10 home x86 ver 1703 for months now by setting my wifi as a "metered" connection.
    • Edited by basil_rigas Sunday, May 13, 2018 4:57 PM spelling
    Sunday, May 13, 2018 4:56 PM
  • I have successfully stopped updates on win 10 home x86 ver 1703 for months now by setting my wifi as a "metered" connection.

    Windows lifecycle fact sheet

    Please be aware the older version do go end of service as the third new build is released, so;

    Windows 10 version history Date of availability End of service
    Windows 10, version 1703 April 5, 2017 October 9, 2018 

    Sunday, May 13, 2018 5:13 PM
  •   Disabling updates is only reasonable if you never, ever connect to the Internet (and in that case you would never receive any). Believe it or not, Microsoft is trying to protect you from yourself.

     Every minute that an unprotected OS is connected to the Internet is a serious risk.

       If you really do not care, but do not understand how to control this through registry settings, use an app written by somebody who does. There are lots of apps which will do this for you. Winaero, for example, will  explain what the registry tweaks do so that you can do them yourself or it will do them for you. The best option, in my opinion, is the option to revert to the old Windows 7 style where you are informed about updates but they are not automatically downloaded. Winaero tweaker will do that for you.


    Bill

    Monday, May 14, 2018 12:43 AM
  • Bill.... That is a load of CRAP. Microsoft could care less about the average user.  The last updated they hit me with took THREE HOURS and completely messed up many of my programs and setting because it created a new user profile.  So all my email programs lost all the addresses and old saved mail. This affected many other programs... They even ERASED one on my stand alone game browsers and defaulted everything to Microsoft programs, reloaded Microsoft office setups and Microsoft Store..

    Fortunately I was able to find a fix online to restore my original user profile and restore all my mail settings  I still have not restored my email addresses. No idea where they hid those. I do have them on an old hard drive but will have to hook that up.   I am looking into starting a class action lawsuit on this as I lost three days at a very crucial time...  This is worse than a virus...  and you have no way of knowing what information Microsoft is stealing from you or what hidden programs they are adding without your knowledge.

    Now I am computer literate and it still took me a long time to fix what Microsoft screwed up... imagine how the average user must feel that have no idea what happened to their user info much less how to restore it, even with geek blog help

    In my opinion this is criminal...  let's see if I can find a lawyer willing to take this on.  I am certain there are many people out there as pissed off as I and my team members are


    Wednesday, June 27, 2018 3:10 AM
  • Best of luck. The Windows user agreement is written by highly paid lawyers. As soon as you tick the box to accept the terms and conditions you don't really have a leg to stand on legally.


    Bill

    Wednesday, June 27, 2018 5:31 AM
  • I heard disabling widows update service will break .MSU patches
    Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:31 PM