Today we’re going to learn how to stop a Windows 10 update in progress and also how to turn off Windows 10 update permanently if for some reason you decide to.
Windows updates bring bug fixes, new features, and better security patches for your Windows. However, there are times when you do not want the update immediately.
Often you prefer to wait for a better and stable release, and other times you do not want the update due to any other reason. If your Windows 10 computer has already started the updates and you wish to cancel it, do not worry, we have got you covered in this article.
If you also want to turn off the Windows 10 automatic update feature for future updates, we have also provided some ways to achieve that.
In case your computer has downloaded the update and begun installing it, it is not a good idea to cancel or hinder the installation process.
In such cases, you would see a blue screen with the installation progress with a warning that states, “Please do not turn off your computer.”
You can stop the progress by pressing the power button on your computer, but it may corrupt the windows installation or make it unusable.
If the system has already initiated installation, let it complete and restart your computer. You can uninstall the update later by using the Windows 10 rollback feature.
Table of Contents
- How to stop Windows 10 Updates in progress
- How to turn off Windows 10 update permanently
- Wrap Up
How to stop Windows 10 Updates in progress
There are different methods to stop Windows 10 updates in progress. Below are some of the ways you can use it:
The battery saver trick
If you change the battery saver settings on your computer, Windows 10 update in progress will automatically pause:
- Go to the bottom right corner of your laptop where you will see a battery icon;
- Left-click on the battery icon and then click “Battery settings”;
- You will see different options. Scroll down to the Battery saver section. Uncheck the option that states “Turn battery saver on automatically if my battery falls below […]”
- The Windows 10 update in progress will stop.
The Windows Services
You can use Windows Services to cancel Windows 10 update in progress. To do that:
- Go to the search bar and write “Services”;
- Right-click on the shortcut and select “Run as administrator”;
- You will see all the running active services on your computer;
- Now scroll down to find “Windows Update”;
- Right-click on the service and click “Stop”;
- You will see a dialogue box showing the progress of stopping the update progress and Windows 10 update in progress will stop.
How to turn off Windows 10 update permanently
Yes, you can turn it off permanently and there are some ways to do that. Some methods are described below:
Using Windows Services
Follow the steps mentioned above for stopping Windows 10 update in progress. After it has stopped, follow these steps:
- Right-click on Windows Update again and click properties;
- Go to “Startup Type” and change it from “Manual” to “Disabled”;
- Click “Ok” to save changes, and now the Windows 10 Update is turned off permanently.
The metered connection
Windows 10 update does not work if you have a metered connection. You can use this to your advantage and set up a metered connection of your own to disable Windows 10 updates.
This method only works if you are using a wireless network and does not apply to an ethernet connection. To set up a metered connection, do the following:
- Left-click on the Wireless Internet Connection in the Windows taskbar. You will now see all available wireless networks and the one your computer is connected to;
- Now click “Properties” to access the properties of the connected wireless network. A new window will open with all settings related to your wireless network;
- Scroll down to find “Metered Connection” and turn on the option titled, “Set as metered connection”;
- Windows 10 will not start automatic updates whenever you are connected to this particular wireless network.
Windows 10 is a fantastic operating system with plenty to offer. However, sometimes we do not want it to update our system automatically.
In previous versions of Windows, there were straightforward ways to disable automatic updates. With the advent of Windows 10 however, Microsoft changed the process.
This article provides some efficient ways to eliminate the Windows 10 automatic updates permanently along with stopping Windows 10 updates in progress.
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