So maybe you came here because you just unpacked your new PC and it came with Windows 10? Perhaps you just updated.? Have you had Windows 10 for a while and you want to find out how to regulate updates, or you were just curious what updates were doing? No matter why you came, Pro or just got started today, I think you will find what you are looking for.
What is Windows Update is doing? Windows update is the service that downloads and installs updates for your PC.
I. Microsoft’s Intent
Okay, so I would first like to point out that I think Microsoft is doing there best to deliver the best in terms of stability and features when it comes to Windows 10, and they seem to think part of that is delivering you the latest features (this is NOT a hate article about Microsoft). This is probably best for lots of people, however “lots” is not “all,” and I know that some people (including me sometimes) get fed up with some of the cons of always updating, hence the reason why I wrote this article.
II. How it has changed since previous versions of Windows and why
For older versions of Windows updates were simple: You turn them on if you want them and off if you don’t. If you had them on you could have them notify you when updates were available and you could choose which ones to download or you could have them download automatically. It’s the same with Windows 10 except you are usually stuck on updates being completely automatic, thats where people start to get angry. This article is to show you how to regulate those updates to the level you would prefer.
Reasons you should and shouldn’t update
The pros and cons to updating
Microsoft is constantly adding features, and sometimes removing them, on a daily basis. More often than not Windows updates with a new feature, and not updating can cause you to miss out.
The latest updates usually provide you with the latest security patches, so updating your device usually means it is more protected from exploits and vulnerabilities. However sometimes the latest patch or update comes with an new exploit or venerability and causes a security issue
The latest updates are commonly the most unstable, and glitches are commonly not noticed until the public updates and the software gets a lot of real world testing. I had to deal with so many crashes and even had to completely reset my computer several times due to updates being unstable.
Do you have a limit on how much data you can use? If you do than do you really want Windows update burning through your gigs? Disabling updates will save your data, and that could save you money.
Different Methods of regulating updates
The ways you can regulate updates to suit your personal needs, the reason you probably came here for
I. Disabling the automatic restart
I would recommend that everybody does this. Just go to My Computer > Settings > Update and Security > Advanced settings and choose Notify to Restart. Normally when a Windows 10 PC downloads an update it immediately restarts, however this will cause a little message to appear in the bottom right corner saying you have updates and allowing you to set a date to restart or restart now. This will stop those annoying random restarts.
II. Setting connections as metered connections
This will prevent Microsoft from downloading certain updates over specific connections. Go to My Computer > Settings > Network & Internet, find you internet connection you don’t want to download updates with, click Advanced Options and choose Set as metered connection. I personally wanted to disable updates on my home Wifi, so I chose went to Wifi, clicked on my home Wifi network, then Advanced Options > set as metered connection. This decreases the amount of updates that will download from that connection, however some will still be downloaded, and if you connect to another internet source it will still download all updates like usual.
III. Deferring Updates
This is not possible for Windows 10 home edition, the version of most home PCs, it is, however, available to Windows 10 Pro users. Just go to My Computer > Settings > Update and Security > Advanced settings and check the box next to Defer Updates. This will prevent Windows from downloading most updates for about a month, which helps bug get ironed out before they get to you. This, however, won’t work with security updates, and eventually all updates will end up getting downloaded.
IV. Disabling Microsoft’s Update task
This will completely disable windows from updating or even checking for updates. The catch? this is a little more complicated than the rest. First open your start menu and type Services. Click on the gear icon, then scroll down to Windows Update (the list is alphabetically sorted), right click on Windows Update > Properties and then set the startup type to Disabled and then restart your computer. After this your computer won’t ever check for updates or try to download them. If you want to re-enable updates just follow the steps before Start menu > Services > Windows Update > Properties and change the startup to Automatic. The pictures below should help you get a visualization of what you should be doing.
So I hope that you have learned something new and hopefully solved any problems about Windows update you may have had. And remember the old saying: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Disclaimer: This article is to teach you how to enable/disable updates, not what updates you should or shouldn’t do. That is up to you and I am not responsible for anything caused by updating/not updating. Thanks for understanding!