How to Block Windows Updates and Upgrades

While it is usually not a good idea to block the installation of Windows updates but sometimes it might be necessary as a temporary measure for troubleshooting.

StopUpdates10 is free of charge small utility that creates the policy registry keys to block updates. It blocks execution of several processes used for updating. StopUpdates10 does not delete files, does not change file rights or another destructive actions.

You may restore updating functionality at any time by selecting the “restore Windows Updates” option that the program comes with. Another option that you have is to uninstall the program as it will reset the settings during removal on the system.

Administrators may run the program with command line parameters.

  • StopUpdates10.exe /disable
  • StopUpdates10.exe /restore

Both need to be run with elevated rights.

For more information and download: StopUpdates10

Another useful app that you can use is called Windows 10 Update Switch – simple tool that enables you to turn-off or turn-on Windows 10 updates. You can also use Switch10 to set certain connection types as metered.

Windows 10 Update Switch app allows you to set 3G, 4G, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connection types as metered. You can quickly set these connection types back too non-metered when needed. When you set a connection type to metered connection, Windows 10 will not download updates on that connection type.

For more information and download: Windows 10 update switch