You Can’t Disable or Delay Windows Updates on Windows 10 Home

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I don’t think it’s a news that every one of you would like. Microsoft has said that your Windows 10 PC will be always “up-to-date.” There is NO way to turn off the Windows Updates on Windows 10 Home.

So, Windows 10 will update automatically just like some web application. Previously Microsoft has said that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows i.e. no big release won’t be coming in near future. This also meant that Windows 10 will be upgraded more frequently than the previous version of Windows.

In the past, Microsoft’s updates hasn’t been an excellent example of punctuality and with Windows 10, the technology company wants to fix that.

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Generally Windows updates are a bundle of few security updates and bug fixes. Now with Windows 10, Microsoft is promising some serious commitment that may be reflected as a forced update on a regular basis.

The company says:

“Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates.”

To ensure the security of users and keep everything updated, Microsoft won’t allow Windows 10 Home users to choose the suitable time. Your Windows 10 PC will automatically download updates and will be installed according to your convenience. The only options you’ll be having: Install “Automatic” – the recommended way and “Notify to schedule restart.”

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But this won’t be the case for all types of users. In a post, Redmond has mentioned that Windows 10 Enterprise customers will receive only “security updates” and no feature updates.

Microsoft adds:

“By putting devices on the Current branch for Business, enterprises will be able to receive feature updates after their quality and application compatibility has been assessed in the consumer market, while continuing to receive security updates on a regular basis….

By the time Current branch for Business machines are updated, the changes will have been validated by millions of Insiders, consumers and customers’ internal test processes for several months, allowing updates to be deployed with this increased assurance of validation.”

Did you like this idea of forced updated? Tell us in comments below.

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Adarsh Verma

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20 thoughts on “You Can’t Disable or Delay Windows Updates on Windows 10 Home”

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    Well, i’m gonna stick with Windows 8.1, At least my comp won’t restart after installing update every now and then. Only when i want to

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      or get Windows 10 Pro, which you should do anyway if you get W10, and have it be your choice.

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    Whay ever i will just block the auto update connection with extarnal firewall software. i prefer windows 10 firewall pro…

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    One more reason to stay with 7. We dont have cable in our area, we have to use 4g wireless that is expensive. I bring the laptops into work evey now and then to download all the updates. I cant have several computers downloading hundreds of MB or more pre week with out asking.

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      I think that if you set a connection as limited, Windows Update won’t download updates using that connection and will wait for an unlimited one 🙂

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    Awful. Their updates break something nearly everytime, I turned them off cause they were constantly giving me issues with gaming. I’m gonna consider not upgrading at all.

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    Microsoft serves up the usual thin gruel and tells us how “good” it is for us.. “Please sir, can I have some more”?

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    I think this is the MOST HORRIBLE idea by MicroSoft. Just imagine it updating when you are doing some CPU intensive stuff. It will slow things to a crawl. TERRIBLE IDEA!!!!
    🙁 Are users going to be guinea pigs for Windows 10 Enterprise users???

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    You can just disable the Windows update service in Services and set the Recovery actions to ‘take no action’. Even in Home edition you can do this I believe.

    There are ways to disable Windows Update effectively. All these articles about not being able to disable updates is a lie.

    If that somehow doesn’t work for the Home edition(I doubt it won’t, I know it works for Pro/Enterprise), then delete the wuauserv executable or use a software firewall to block it.

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    You can just disable the Windows update service in Services and set the Recovery actions to 'take no action'. Even in Home edition you can do this I believe.

    There are ways to disable Windows Update effectively. All these articles about not being able to disable updates is a lie.

    If that somehow doesn't work for the Home edition(I doubt it won't, I know it works for Pro/Enterprise), then delete the wuauserv executable or use a software firewall to block it.

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    You
    can block the updates in ZoneAlarm, I have. Do not allow Windows to
    connect to the net in any way. If you can’t do this then stick to
    Windows Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, or even WinXP. Micorsoft made a
    major mistake with forcing these updates/upgrades so everyone is using
    the same version/build, cause the hackers, crackers, ECT will sure not
    be using Win10.

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      The Windows 10 update app keeps turning off Zone Alarm, then tells me both Windows and my firewalls are turned off. Might you know how to block Microsoft from doing this?

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        You have to set your connection to “metered” for it to be able to shut down the Windows Update and block the update app from connecting.

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          Thanks. I haven’t time to hurt my brain today, I’ll look into it later.

          I’ve considered it might be because ZoneAlarm wasn’t compatible on Day 1 and this is a side effect of Win 10 fixes.

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            Are you using a wired connection or a wireless connection? Only the wireless connection allows you to meter it.

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            ZoneAlarm isn’t turned off, it’s Windows 10 saying it is. Verified by simply checking to see if it’s running … and it is. Win 10 keeps having brain farts.

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    I just had an update (unannounced) in the middle of the afternoon when I stepped away for a few minutes from the computer. IT TOOK OVER AN HOUR!!! That could have been devastating!! I don't like to be inconvenienced w/no warning. That is NOT a service. I wouldn't mind a few minutes but over an hour was ridiculous!!!

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    I forgot to mention. I lost the web pages I was on and not finished with. I don't know what they were as they were a "reward" for a webinar I had attended. Microsoft closed everything and restarted several times.

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