windows 10 updates are forced, which means that download and install automatically as soon as they are ready. Although this new mechanism is a convenient approach to ensure that every device has the latest security patches, bug fixes, and improvements, it’s not an option that everyone likes.
Step 1: Press Win+R key and type “gpedit.msc” on the space provided on the Run screen. Click on OK button.
Step 2: Group Policy Editor opens up. Navigate to the following-
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update.
Step 3: Next, double-click on the “Configure Automatic Updates” option present on the right side of the current window.
A new window will appear, select “Enabled” option and then, select any one of the options as per your need- either “Auto download and notify for install” or “Notify for download and notify for install”.
Step 4: Finally, Click on Apply and then OK.
Step 5: In case you wish to revert the changes later, go back to the Group Policy editor, follow the steps as you have followed till step 3, and then change it from “Enabled” to “Not configured.” Save your changes. That’s it, you are done.
Alternate Method for Windows 10 without group policy access:
- Open the Run command (Win + R), in its type: regedit and press enter
- Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
- In there create a ‘32-bit DWORD’ value called ‘AuOptions’ and under ‘Value Data’ type 2 and click ‘OK’
- Open the Settings app (Win + I) and navigate to -> Update and Security -> Windows Updates. Click ‘Check for updates’ which applies the new configuration setting and Restart system.