Windows Updates will install the new features in the Operating System released by Microsoft. Windows 10 will automatically check for the new Windows Updates at the time you have set in automatic maintenance. It will automatically download and install the important and crucial updates by default. This article will guide you how to enable or disable automatic updates in Windows Update for all the users in Windows 10. You need to be logged in as an Administrator in order to enable or disable the automatic updates.
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Learn how to enable or disable automatic updates in Windows 10
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Step 1: Enable or disable automatic updates using group policy.
This option is not available and will not work in Windows 10 Home. Microsoft has prevented disabling the automatic updates in Home Edition. This option will only work in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions. If you use this option and manually check for the updates, then the updates will still always be automatically downloaded and installed.
- Launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
- In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the below location.
Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update
3. In the right pane of Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Configure Windows Updates policy to edit it.
4. To enable automatic updates, select NOT CONFIGURED.
5. To set Windows Updates to Notify before downloading and installing any updates, select ENABLED at the top.
6. To set Windows Updates to Never Notify or Check for Updates, select DISABLED at the top.
7. Once it is done, close the Local Group Policy Editor, open the Windows Updates screen and check for the updates.
8. It will take a while to detect the updates and starts installing automatically.
Step 2: Enable or disable automatic updates using a REG file.
The option of enabling or disabling the updates using a registry file will not work in Windows 10 Home. Microsoft has prevented disabling the automatic updates in Home edition and it works in Windows 10 Home and Enterprise editions
1. Download the below Registry files as per your requirement.
To enable automatic updates, download the below file and save it as Enable_Automatic_Updates.reg
To Set Windows Update to Notify before Downloading and Installing any Updates (Recommended), download the below file and save it as Notify_before_Downloading_and_Installing_Updates.reg
To Set Windows Update to Never Notify or Check for Updates, download the below file and save it as Never_Notify_or_Check_for_Updates.reg
2. Save the .reg file on your desktop. Double click on the file and select the option Merge.
3. Once it is merged, reboot the computer and then if you wish to install the updates, you can check for the updates and install them.
Installing Windows updates:
- To install updates in the computer, search for updates in the Start menu.
- Click on Windows Updates option.
- Select the option Check for the updates.
- It will take some time to check for the updates and the installation will begin.
- Once the updates are installed, computer will prompt for the reboot.
- Reboot the computer to get the updates to configure and install all the updates.
By following the above simple steps, you can enable or disable or install the updates in Windows 10 computers. Windows 10 periodically check for updates and when the updates are available, it will be automatically downloaded and installed. Installing the updates will keep the device up to date with the latest features.