How to cancel Windows 10 updates: The idea that your computer with Windows 10 installed can restart at any moment and in total autonomy for the installation of the updated downloads via Windows Update does not suit you and are you looking for a system to cope with it? Has an update been installed on your PC that you would like to remove for one reason or another but you don’t know how to do it? Don’t worry, you ended up on the right guide at the right time. In fact, with this article of mine today I want to explain to you how to go about succeeding cancel Windows 10 updates.
Assuming that Windows updates are essential for the security of the computer and for the proper functioning of the same and that for this reason they should be installed always and in any case, if your needs are those above it is still possible to cope with the thing . To do this, you won’t have to do anything particularly complex. So, whether you are more or less expert in the IT field does not make much difference, following my instructions you will still succeed in your intent, I can assure you.
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Disable automatic updates
Assuming that unfortunately Windows 10, unlike the other versions of the Microsoft home operating system, does not offer any special function through which to completely disable updates via Windows Update, you can however avoid, following the instructions that you find below, that the procedure proposed for the installation of the latter is excessively annoying and invasive.
In short, the updates will sooner or later be installed but you will not be subjected to all the inevitable and sudden nuisances deriving from the thing. Better than nothing, don’t you think?
Temporary blocking of updates
With the release of Windows 10 1903 (May 2019 update)Microsoft has introduced the ability to suspend Windows Update updates in all editions of its operating system, including the Home one.
To take advantage of this feature, press the button Start (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen), then on the icon of thegear present in the menu that opens and then on the icon Update and security, in the window of Settings that opens.
Now you just have to click on the button Pause updates for 7 days for one or more times (for a maximum of 5 times), in order to suspend Windows Update updates for a period ranging from 1 week to 35 days.
Alternatively, you can click on the item Advanced options and select a specific date until which to keep the Windows updates suspended (always max 35 days), through the drop-down menu Select date. In case of second thoughts, you can reactivate the download and installation of Windows 10 updates by clicking on the button Resume updates.
Note: if you use a version of Windows 10 prior to 1903, you can temporarily disable updates of the operating system only if you use a Pro or Enterprise edition of the same, acting from the section Advanced options of the settings panel dedicated to Update and security. More info here.
Function for connections on consumption
To succeed in your aim, just activate the option dedicated to consumer connections. This is a particular feature that Microsoft has chosen to make available for the last of its operating systems with the intent to allow all those who have a connection with limited data quantity (such as in the case of the one accessible via modem laptop and SIM) to control Internet traffic.
At this point, you will have asked without asking but what does that have to do with Windows 10 updates? The answer is simple: going to activate this function, the download of data in the background is blocked, not only for the operating system but also for the apps installed on the same, in order to avoid unexpected disbursements to users. This function, however, it should be specified, can be activated only and only if the connection in use is Wi-Fi. For connections via Ethernet cable, unfortunately the same is not true (and in this specific case the other methods indicated in the following parts of this guide may prove useful).
To enable the function in question, click on the button Start (there Windows flag) on the taskbar and type settings in the search field then click on the first result you see appearing in the menu. Alternatively, click on the icongear located on the left side of the Start menu.
In the new window that will open on the desktop at this point, click Network and Internet then locate the item Wifi from the alteral bar located on the left and click on it. In the screen that is now shown to you, click on the item Manage known networks located under the name of the Internet connection currently in use, click on the name of the Wi-Fi connection to which you are connected from the list that is proposed to you, presses on Property and activate the option Connection on consumption by clicking on its lever.
Clearly, in case of second thoughts it is an easily reversible procedure. To retrace your steps, you just need to access the section again Network and Internet of the settings of your Windows 10 PC, click on the entry Wifi placed on the sidebar, press on Manage known networks, select the wireless network to which the computer is connected, select the wording Property and bring up Off the voice stick Connection on consumption pressing on it.
Temporary suspension of updates
If you use Windows 10 Pro updated to Creators Update, you can also adopt another system to disable the installation of automatic updates, which consists in enabling the appropriate option to temporarily suspend the download of updates. So go to the Windows settings as seen in the previous lines, then click on the icon Update and security, make sure the item is selected Windows Update from the left sidebar (and if not select it yourself) then click on Advanced options.
Now, scroll down the screen that appears, locate the section Pause updates and click on the switch below in order to bring it up On. By doing this, Windows updates will be suspended for a maximum period of 35 days. However, keep in mind that when the updates resume, the latest ones will have to be installed on the computer in order to suspend them again.
Clearly, in case of second thoughts you can cancel the function action even before the predefined 35 days simply by going back to the section Advancing options of Update and security in Settings and bringing up Off the switch relating to the option Pause updates.
Another valid solution that can be adopted to prevent the updates available for Windows 10 from being installed is that which involves resorting to the use of a Microsoft-designed tool designed specifically for the purpose in question. This is a program that allows you to block every single update package available for download by hiding updates that can be downloaded to the system and, consequently, preventing their automatic installation. The tool was originally designed for Windows 10 Insider Preview but apparently it appears to be perfectly functional even on the stable version of the most recent operating system of the Redmond company.
To use it, first download it to your computer by connecting to Web page of reference and then clicking on the item Download the “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter package now.
Then wait a few moments for the download of the program to start and complete, then click on the file you just obtained and wait for the main window of the software to appear on the desktop. At this point, click the button Forward and select the option Hide updates. So wait for the changes to be applied and validated and then press once more on Forward and then click on Close to complete the whole procedure.
Then close the program window by simply clicking on the “X” which is located in the upper right part of it, as you usually do with all the programs you use on Windows.
If necessary, you can then view all the updates available for your computer with Windows 10 installed that you have hidden via the tool by starting it again, clicking on Forward and then on Show hidden updates. In short, it takes much longer to explain it than to do it,
Cancel the installation of updates
Do you want to cancel Windows 10 updates in the sense that you want to delete the installation of a specific update? So to start open the Start menu by clicking the button with the Windows flag on the taskbar, type control panel in the search field that appears and click on the first result in the list.
In the window that at this point you see appear on the desktop, click on the item Programs (if you can’t find it make sure it is set to display for Category in the menu located at the top right and if not, you select it) then press on Programs and features and select the item View installed updates located in the upper left part of the window.
At this point, right-click on the update you want to cancel and from the context menu that opens click on the item Uninstall. Then click on Yes to confirm your willingness to uninstall the selected update.
Then wait for all the procedure for uninstalling the update to be started and completed. Thereafter, the computer will restart to make changes to the system effective.
However, I would like to point out that although following the procedure in question, as soon as the computer is connected to the Internet again, the removed updates will still be installed again. If you want to prevent this from happening, I therefore recommend that you carry out the steps that I have indicated in the previous lines – immediately after performing all the various steps for removing the update or just before -, as I have explained to you how to disable the automatic updates.