How to Disable Windows 10 Updates Permanently

Setting up your Wi-Fi as Metered connection or Choosing “Defer feature updates” from Windows Updates > Advanced Options does not work because Microsoft will keep pushing some updates which could be nagging and cause interruptions at work. If you are a webmaster running websites, operating network or maintaining servers where PCs have to be kept running 24×7, these updates can slow down your systems and their pop-ups to restart your PC can be irritating, time consuming and may cost you money if your system goes down even for few minutes to install Windows updates. So you can disable these updates altogether and relieve yourself from troubles.

The method is very simple. Just follow these steps:

• Go to Start > Windows Administrative Tool > Services > Windows Update > Properties > Startup type: Disabled

Also stop this service completely by clicking on “Stop” under “Service Status:”

*You can also use Run and following command “services.msc” or Cortona to access “Services” easily

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This will disable the updates. Now to make it permanent do this:

• Services > Windows Update > Recovery. For First failure, Second failure and Subsequent failures choose “Take No Action” and also in “Reset fail count after:” enter 1000 days or anything you want.

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• Open Task Scheduler (Start > Windows Administrative Tools > Task Scheduler or simply use Cortona to access that quickly) and disable all “WindowsUpdate” tasks and their triggers. You can access “WindowsUpdate” tasks by going to Task Scheduler > Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > WindowsUpdate. Disable the following tasks and all their triggers:
– Automatic App Update
– Scheduled Start
– sih
– sihboot

[Right click on these tasks and go to Properties > Triggers and disable them]

Out of all these tasks “Scheduled Start” got a trigger “One time” that will force restart Windows Update service. You need to disable it along with other triggers or change its date to some future date from coming years to permanently disable Windows Updates.

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This should do the job as long as Microsoft does not find a way around this fix and again start annoying users with pushy updates.

To restore the Windows update service do this: Services > Startup Type: Automatic or Manual and Service Status: Start. Also in Recovery choose “Restart the Service” for First failure, Second Failure and Subsequent failures and set “Reset fail count after: 1 days”.

This will turn on Windows update service.

Also note that disabling updates permanently will result in not receiving latest security updates and may put your computer at risk.

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