Windows Updates are the free routine services offered by Microsoft that are necessary for the smooth working of Windows PC. Microsoft regularly releases the patches and service packs for the Windows Operating system as part of support and maintenance service in order to fix some known issues and other security vulnerabilities. Windows Update also comes with new feature and sometimes can also be used to update the drivers.
However, unlike the previous versions, Windows 10 offers less control to the users over the updates, especially after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Windows Updates are now made mandatory that gets installed automatically to ensure that your Windows PC is running the latest security patches.
While the automatic updates are a convenient way for many Window users to keep their system up to date, some users don’t like this forced updates and prefer to manually set the updates and patches. Many a time, the automatic updates can hinder the routine workflow by automatically installing the troublesome update. In such scenarios, Windows 10 provides less provision for its users to postpone the installation at a particular time so that users can manually set the new updates.
In this article, we guide you on how to allow only the manual update on Windows 10. However, it is highly recommended that users do not completely disable the automatic updates as it is necessary to use a computer with the latest updates for the smooth functioning of Windows 10 PC. Users may use the following mentioned methods only to control the forceful updates in case you want to potentially stop a troublesome update from interrupting your workflow
Allow only the manual update on Windows 10
Use A Metered Connection
By setting up the metered connection, users can limit and save the bandwidth by installing only the updates that are required on priority during the business hours. In this way, the users can have more control over the network bandwidth usage.
1.Set Metered Connection on WiFi
Go to Start menu and type Settings.
Open the Settings and click on Network & Internet.
Click on Wi-Fi from the left column of the page.
Go to Manage known network under the existing Wifi connection.
Click on the Wifi connection that you are using currently from the list of available Wifi connections.
Click on Properties and toggle the switch on to Set as Metered connection.
1.Set Metered Connection on LAN
By default, Windows does not allow you to set an Ethernet ( LAN) connection as a metered connection. This ability is restricted to mobile network and WiFi. However, it’s too easy to bypass this restriction with a Windows Registry hack or Use Tweaker like Winaero Tweaker.
Doing registry hack required some technical knowledge of Windows registry to make our readers work easy, we’ve created two downloadable registry hacks you can use. One hack enables a metered connection for Ethernet and the other hack changes it back to an unmetered connection.
Download Registry Hack
Just download the above file and right-click on the respective file and Select the option merge and click on Yes to merge this registry file.
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Navigate to Network option and click on the ” Set Ethernet as Metred connection” and in the right-pane select the ” Set Ethernet as metered connection” option to set Ethernet connection as Metered connection. that’s it.
Disable the Windows Update
Open Run command window (Windows + R) key
Type the command services.msc and click Ok.
In the Services window, search and click on Windows Update service.
Go to General tab and in the Startup Type option select the option Disabled from the drop-down menu.
Restart the system.
Repeat the above steps and choose the option Enable in the Startup Type of the Windows Update service to re-enable the Windows Update.
Use Group Policy Editor
This method works only if you are using Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions.
Open the Run command (Windows+R) key.
Type the program gpedit.msc and click on OK.
Go to Computer Configurations and click on Administrative Templates.
Navigate to Windows Components and click on Windows Update.
Under the Configure Automatic Updates, change the settings to ‘2-Notify for download and notify for install’.
Go to Start menu and click on Settings.
Click on Update and Security.
Now click on Windows Updates and select the Check for updates to apply the new configuration settings
Restart the system.
Use Windows Update Blocker
Windows Update Blocker ( Download Now) is a freeware that helps you to completely disable or enable Automatic Updates on your Windows system, with just a click of the button.
We are recommending to read How to finally stop Windows 10 updates and upgrades.