Disable Automatic Windows Updates

This method requires Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

This requires Windows 10/11 Professional

If you have Windows Home, there is a way: Enable Group Policy Editor on Windows Home


  1. Open Windows Search and type in regedit or registry editor, right click on it and open it as administrator
  2. Navigate to:
  1. If you do not have the AU folder, you will have to create it.
  2. Right click on the Windows Update folder –> select “New” –> Key .
  3. Rename the newly created folder to “AU”
  4. After clicking on the AU Folder, on the right side there will be a tab with Name, Type & Data. Right click inside it and hit New –> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  5. Rename the created Registry to “AUOptions”
    1. Double click on it and set its value as “2” and Base as Hexadecimal. [Value as 2 = to notify before downloading an update]
  6. Repeat step “3.” and create another DWORD (32-bit) Value, renaming it to “AutoInstallMinorUpdates“.
    1. Set value to “0”. [0 = to treat minor updates like the other updates (by default windows is silently installing these minor updates)]
  7. Create another DWORD (32-bit) Value called “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers”
    1. Set value to “1” [1 = The user decides whether to restart or not to restart their computer(by default windows would choose to restart in the next 5 minutes]
  8. Create final DWORD (32-bit) Value called “NoAutoUpdate”
    1. Set value to “1” [1 = Disabling Automatic Updates (this is by default enabled)]

Group Policy Editor

Close Registry Editor and head towards the search box once again and type “gpedit.msc.” (this will only work for Windows 11 Pro users, for Home version see the start of this article for guide on how to enable gpedit)

 Computer Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Windows Update –> Manage updates offered from Windows Update
  1. Double click on “Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received” set it to Enabled
  2. In the box below, where it asks “How many days you would like to postpone an update before your device receives it” type 30.

This will make sure that you will always receive stable updates and not their unstable new version that might contain issues/bugs and so on.

Again in Group Policy Editor, head over to

 Computer Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Windows Update –> Manage End-User Experience
  1. Look for the “Configure Automatic Updates” double click on it and set it to “Disabled“. This will prevent Windows from downloading updates automatically for you.


We are not responsible for your problems if you do not bother updating for a year and then you get a ton of updates waiting when you press check.
This method is for preventing Microsoft from pushing you broken updates for your Windows 10/11, BIOS Updates and GPU Driver updates automatically causing new issues everyday.
Before every time you decide to hit “Check for Updates” it is recommended to run WUShowHide by clicking “Hide Updates” and if it scans and finds anything called “Firmware/BIOS” or “Display Driver”(AMD or NVIDIA) it is recommended to check the box for them and hide them to prevent any further conflicts that might appear.
Windows installing them will only bring issues or overwrite your current drivers. Check this video for help with Wushowhide.

Bid farewell to borken updates

Kira, Ruin 2022/12/29 19:30

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