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How to Disable Windows Update From Group Policy

This tutorial will help you to get a complete guide on how to Disable Windows Update From Group Policy.

23 May, 21 by Oliver K 5 min Read

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As we all know, Windows update is an essential feature of Microsoft to make sure that Windows services stay up to date.  Windows update generally includes files to update driver, services, security, feature improvements, and other upgrades. We don’t recommend you disable these updates because they help maintain your system according to the latest upgrades. 

Group policy management is one more feature of Windows that offers convenience to control the multiple accounts in Windows and change the advanced settings which are not accessible through the Windows Settings app. If you are annoyed with regular updates and want a permanent solution, you can use group policy to disable the Windows update feature. So in this particular guide, we will give you brief details on disabling the Windows update from group policy

The feature of group policy editor in Windows 10 Pro offers multiple options to disable automatic updates permanently. Users can also change different Windows Update policies for deciding when all updates should be installed on the system.  

  1. First, open the start menu and search for gpedit.msc and open the Local Group Policy Editor or press Windows and R keys to open the Run utility. 
  2. In the Run utility, type gpedit.msc and press Enter button to open Local Group Policy Editor. 

  • In the new window, go to the following: 

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

  • Now, double-click on the Configure Automatic Updates policy and turn on the disable option to disable the automatic update feature permanently. 
  • After that, click on the Apply and OK button to save changes. 
  • Once you save these changes, your system will not download the updates automatically, but you can manually check for updates from the Settings. 
  • If you want to check the updates manually, then open the Settings app and go in the Update & Security option then Windows Update. 

In the Windows Update option, click on the check for an update for downloading the latest update.

If you don’t want to disable the Windows Update from the system permanently, then you can limit the update. In other words, you can easily customize the policy to download the updates according to your requirements. 

  • For doing it, open the Group Policy Editor again by searching it in the Start Menu or Run utility. 
  • Once you open it, go on the following file:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

  • Now, double click on the Configure Automatic Updates policy and click on the Enable to start the policy again. 
  • You will see a "Options" section in this window, so you can change these settings to download the update according to your requirements.

2 - Notify for download and auto-install

It will notify you about the latest update whenever there is an update available for the system. 

3 - Auto download and notify for install

The system auto download and notify you about the installation

4 - Auto download and schedule the install.

The system auto download and schedule the installation

5 - Allow the local admin to choose the setting.

It will allow a local admin to select the settings for Windows update

7 - Auto-Download, Notify to install, Notify to Restart.

The system will automatically download and notify you about installing and restarting the computer/laptop. 

After changing the settings successfully, click on the Apply then OK button to save changes. 

After saving the changes, the Windows update will not download automatically, but you can install the new updates once your system receives any new patch, but you need to download it manually from the Windows update settings.

That’s it, and now you can easily change the Windows update setting from Group policy and set it according to the requirements. We hope that our information will help you as we have divided the procedures into simple steps for easy understanding. Remember you need to follow all of the steps to get desired results otherwise, you will face errors while installing the updates for the system. If you are using windows 10, you can disable automatic updates on windows 10 too. All these configurations can be done on Windows VPS Server & Windows Dedicated Server too.

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Oliver K

I’m Oliver k. I have MS degree in Computer Engineering. For nearly 5 years that I have been working on web programing and also in last 2 years I have worked on windows and Linux VPS. This is my honor to share my experiences with a new community.

user monovm


2019, Oct, 19

Ahhh... Looks like you're telling people how to disable the group policy setting - not how to disable Windows updates.

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2019, Nov, 19

This does not work i have it disabled and it still updates..

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2019, Dec, 19

I don't think you did it right Chris.

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2020, Feb, 20

Rick, sorry, but you are wrong! 1) If you read the help-article of this setting you will recognize it: "If the status for this policy is set to Disabled, any Updates that are available on Windows Update must be downloaded and installed manually. To do this, search for Windows Update using Start." 2) Why you speak about Group-Policy and handle with local policy? The right way should be: 1) Open the Group Policy Editor. 2) Create a new Group Policy object, for example, NoUpdates. 3) Select the User configuration. 4) Click Administrative Templates. 5) Click System. 6) Click Internet Communication Management. 7) Select Internet Communication Settings. -->In the right pane of the Group Policy Editor, double-click Turn Off Access To All Windows Update Features, select the Enabled radio button, and click OK. Regards, André

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2020, Mar, 20

Thanks! i live in a socialist country and the internet is very very poor. Sometimes just disabling it in services.msc is not enough so this way gives more safety

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2020, May, 20

Hi, Is it possible to disable Windows Auto Update for a certain GROUP OF COMPUTERS via Group Policy? Thanks in advance!

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Susith Nonis

2020, Jun, 20

Yes its possible. Have a read at this: