Thursday, 27 April 2017

How to prevent Automatic Updates using the Registry

This is the way to change the Windows 10 updates using the Registry.
1.   Open the Run command pressing the Windows key + R.
2.   Now, type regedit, and click OK to open the Registry.
3.   Then browse the following Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows(and follow the image bellow)
4.   Now, right-click the Windows (folder) key, then, select New, and then click ‘Key’.

5.   Then name the new key Windows Update and press Enter.
6.   Ok, Now, right-click the newly created key, select new, and click Key.

Important warning: Editing the registry is risky, It is recommended that you should make a full backup of your computer before proceeding.
7.   Name the new key AU and press Enter.
8.   Inside the newly created key, right-click on the right side, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

9.   Name the new key AUOptions and press Enter.
10.        Double-click the newly created key and change its value using one of the following options:
o    2 - "Notify for download and notify for install."
o    3 - "Auto download and notify for install."
o    4 - "Auto download and schedule the install."
o    5 - "Allow local admin to choose settings."

11.        Click OK.
12.        Close the Registry to complete the task.
Although you can use any of these available values, it is better to the value 2 to configure the "Notify for download and notify for install" option. To use this value prevents Windows 10 from downloading updates automatically, and you'll get a notification when new updates are available.
After tweaking the Registry, when new updates become available, you'll receive a notification in Action Center, but updates won't download and install until you're ready and do the following:
1.   Open Settings.
2.   Click on Update & security.
3.   Click on Windows Update.
4.   Click the Download button.

5.   Click the Restart button to complete the task.