Introduction

You may have faced unusual or unwanted Internet traffic usage on Windows 10 or Windows keeps notifying you for a scheduled restart to update its assets. Maybe, you would prefer to go to the Control Panel and turn it off, but there is no such option – as earlier versions of Windows have. In the best possible option, maybe you could just delay the updates temporarily but they would come back later in the future. BTW, many websites had come up with a solution and created some tutorials to disable it, but still many users have experienced the issue as it is!

In this tutorial, we are going to explain how you could disable it completely, and be careful you will no longer receive notifications about scheduled restarts, also no more leak of your internet traffic.

Note: If you turn the Windows Updates off, you will no longer receive updates for Windows Features, Apps, and Services including Windows Defender Antivirus/Firewall. So it may put your privacy at risk. But if you know what you are doing, skip this notation and don’t worry, you can undo the changes — where explained in this section.

 

Solutions

Solution 1) Manually

  1. Right-click on the Start menu. Then, click on Run.
  2. A window shows up. In the text box, type: services.msc and press Enter or OK.
  3. The Services window pops-up. Find two items: Background Intelligent Transfer Service and Windows Update. Then, do steps 4 to 7 for each of them.
  4. Right-click on the item and click on Properties.
  5. Now, choose Disabled from the Startup type drop-down menu. Then, click on Apply button.
  6. If the Service status is set to Running, click on the Stop button.
  7. Click on OK button.
  8. Now, right-click on Start menu. Click on Settings.
  9. On the Windows Settings window, choose Update & Security.
  10. On the left sidebar, click on Delivery Optimization — If there is no such item, skip to steps 13 through 18.
  11. On the Delivery Optimization page, turn off the option Allow downloads from other PCs.
  12. Alternatively, you can limit the bandwidth and traffic of the Delivery Optimization service by hitting the Advanced options.
  13. Now, open Run again and type regedit in the text box and click the OK button.
  14. Copy the address below and paste it in the address bar:
    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DoSvc

  15. Find the item Start from the list. Right-click on it and click on Modify.
  16. Set its value to 3 or 4 and click the OK button — For more information of why we set 3, follow the table below:
    Value Description
    2 Sets the service startup type to Automatic.
    3 Sets the service startup type to Manual.
    4 Sets the service startup type to Disabled.
  17. Return to the Services window. Click the Action button on the tool strip menu, then click on Refresh.
  18. Now, find and right-click the item Delivery Optimization and click the Stop button.

You can also review the steps in this video:

Undoing the changes

If you prefer undoing the changes, simply do the steps below for the two items: Background Intelligent Transfer Service and Windows Update.

  1. Right-click on the item and click on Properties.
  2. Now, choose Automatic from the Startup type drop-down menu.
  3. Click on Apply button.
  4. If the Service status is set to Stopped, click on the Start button.
  5. Click on OK button.

Solution 2) Using an executive batch file

  1. Download the following file: W10UM.zip
  2. Extract the zip file into your Desktop.
  3. Now, right-click the file W10UD.bat and click on Run as administrator.
  4. A black window shows up. Wait for few seconds to prompt SUCCEEDED.
  5. If you prefer undoing the changes, run the file W10UE.bat – the same as the steps before.

Solution 3) Using a software

Alternatively, you can use the software Windows Update Settings Modifier and simply do the steps above automatically by some simple clicks.

 

Conclusion

By doing these simple steps, you have completely disabled the Windows 10 Automatic Updates. In 70%, you must not have issues for permanent. But, sometimes you need to do the steps again after every system Restart or Shutdown. In this case, it’s a bit difficult to do Solution 1 again and again. We recommend using the batch file or software instead. You can make a shortcut of the file – especially on your Start menu – to run it as fast as possible.

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