How to Disable Windows Update on Windows 10 on a Laptop

Jun. 24, 2022 / Updated by Helia to Windows 10

Disable Windows Update on a laptop with Windows 10? For many Windows users, the Windows Update on Windows 10 is an annoying feature that checks for updates automatically or forces to install the updates even if they have been installed before. It is so depressing when you are using your laptop with the feature that you want to turn off the automatic Windows Update even downgrade Windows 10 to its predecessors like Windows 8.1 or 7.

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Is there any easy way for laptop users to disable Windows Update from automatically download and install updates on Windows 10?

How to Disable Windows Update on a Laptop

There are many technical methods to disable Windows Updates on Windows 10, such as using group policy, modifying registry, disable Windows Update related services, etc., but you can still take an easy solution to disable automatic Windows Update on a Windows 10 laptop. In reality, Windows won't download drivers or update automatically until the laptop is connected to a stable and unrestricted network, for example, a stable WiFi network. So you can set a metered network to disable Windows Update or turn off the feature.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Launch the Network Settings

Click on the network icon in the notification area and click the link Network settings.


Step 2: Find the Working Network

Select Wi-Fi from the left column and then click the link Manage known networks form the right column.


Click on the WLAN that is in connection and choose Properties.

Step 3: Disable Windows Update by Metered Connection

Turn on the Metered connection and disable the automatic Windows Update.


Now you've successfully disabled Windows Update on your laptop. Next time when you connect to the same stable Wi-Fi, Windows 10 won't download updates automatically on account of the control of data usage.

After disabling Windows Update, you can also install the updates or drivers you need and free your laptop from common Windows 10 issues like Bluetooth not working, unidentified network, ghost touch screen, keyboard and mouse not working, etc.

How to Update Drivers after Disabling Windows Update on Windows 10

Though you've been away from the annoying Windows Update, the manual drivers installation is another headache. So it is recommended to use some professional driver download and update utilities, such as Driver Talent, Driver Doctor, Driver Reviver, etc. to release the pain.

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It takes only 3 steps to finish drivers update.

Step 1: Click Scan to detect outdated or broken drivers on your laptop on which you have disabled Windows Update.

Step 2: Click Update to download and install the latest or the stable drivers you need.


Step 3: Restart your laptop to make the newly installed drivers take effect.

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This is how to install driver updates after you disable automatic Windows Update on a laptop.

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