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How to Disable Windows Update From Group Policy

Windows update group policy setting, This tutorial will help you to get a complete guide on how to Disable Windows Update From Group Policy and how GPO disable Windows update works.

Posted: 06 Mar, 19 Updated: 04 May, 23 by Oliver K 7 Min

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As we all know, Windows update is an essential feature of Microsoft to ensure that Windows services stay up to date. Windows update generally includes files to update drivers, 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. This article will explain Windows update group policy settings and how to disable Windows update group policy.

Group policy management is one more feature of Windows that offers the convenience of controlling multiple accounts in Windows and changing 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 a 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 the group policy editor in Windows 10 Pro offers multiple options to disable automatic updates permanently. Users can also change different Windows Update policies to decide when all updates should be installed on the system.

  • First, open the start menu, search for gpedit.msc and open the Local Group Policy Editor or press Windows and R keys to open the Run utility. 
  • 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

  •  Double-click 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 Settings.
  • If you want to manually check the updates, open the Settings app and go to the Update & Security option, then Windows Update. 

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

Disabling Check for Windows Updates can help improve your computer's performance and prevent unwanted interruptions during critical tasks. When enabled, Windows Updates can run in the background without your knowledge, consuming valuable system resources and potentially slowing down your computer's speed.

Furthermore, Windows Updates can occasionally cause system conflicts or errors, potentially leading to issues with software performance, connectivity, or data loss. By disabling automatic updates, you can avoid these scenarios and maintain control over when and how Windows Updates are installed on your computer.

While it's important to keep your operating system up-to-date for security and performance reasons, manually checking for updates periodically can help you stay in control of the update process and ensure that your system remains stable and secure. Consider disabling automatic updates to improve your computer's performance and avoid unwanted interruptions during critical tasks.

If you don’t want to permanently disable auto update windows 10 group policy from the system, then you can limit the update. In other words, you can easily customize the policy to download the updates according to your requirements. 

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

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

  • Double-click on the Configure Automatic Updates policy and click on Enable to start the policy again. 
  • You will see an "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 it is available for the system. 

3 - Auto download and notify for install

The system auto downloads and notify you about the installation

4 - Auto download and schedule the installation.

The system auto downloads 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

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

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

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

After saving the changes, the Windows update will not download automatically. Still, 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.

Setting Windows Update Service to manual on the local device is an easy way to prevent automatic updates from consuming valuable system resources and causing unwanted interruptions during critical tasks. Follow these steps to set your Windows Update Service to manual:

  1. Open the Start menu and type services in the search bar.
  2. Click on Services from the search results to open the Services window.
  3. Scroll down and locate Windows Update from the list of services.
  4. Right-click on Windows Update and select Properties.
  5. In the Properties window, go to the Startup type section and select Manual.
  6. Click Apply and then OK to save the changes.

That’s it, and now you can easily change the Windows update setting from the 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 also disable automatic updates on Windows 10. All these configurations can be done on Windows VPS Server & Dedicated Server.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Group Policy is a management tool used by system administrators to manage users and computers in an organization.

Yes, you can disable Windows Update by configuring the Windows Update policies in Group Policy.

Open the Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update. Select Configure Automatic Updates and set it to Disabled.

Disabling Windows Update can leave your computer vulnerable to security threats and may prevent important system updates from being installed. It's recommended to only disable Windows Update temporarily for specific reasons.

Oliver K

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.

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Mark

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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chris

2019, Nov, 19

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

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rick

2019, Dec, 19

I don't think you did it right Chris.

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Andre

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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ElGuato84VE

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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eDB

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:

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-stop-updates-installing-automatically-windows-10

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donmega_icecube

2021, Nov, 21

is it possible to do this from a command prompt using a batch file? and how? thx for your advice