Windows 10 system automatically downloads upgrade patches for upgrade by default, which may cause consequences such as upgrade failure or even blue screen due to its more frequent version upgrades and the complexity of hardware used by various users. If the system upgrade control is firmly in your hands, you can ensure that the system runs more safely and smoothly.
1. Control updates through Windows configuration
In the “Advanced Options” section of the “Windows Update” system settings, there is a setting to suspend updates. This setting can only provide a maximum of 35 days of update suspension at a time (Figure 1). After resuming the pause, if you want to pause again, you must first get the latest update before you can pause.
If you want to break the 35-day period, you can configure it in the Group Policy Editor. Expand “Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Update → Configure Automatic Updates” (Figure 2).
Double-click the “Configure Automatic Updates” item, select “Configure Automatic Updates” as “Disabled” in the configuration window, and then click “Apply “and OK (Figure 3). After that, Windows 10 automatic updates are disabled. When you need to turn on updates, just select the option as “Enabled”.
In this way, the control of whether Windows 10 is automatically updated or not is in the hands of users.
2. Control updates through special tool software
If you find it inconvenient to set up the system itself or can’t use Group Policy, you can do it through special software.
First of all, you can use Windows Update Blocker, after running the tool, to disable the update service, select Disable Service and click Apply Now button. Conversely, to enable the update service, select Enable Service and click the Apply Now button (Figure 4).
In addition, another small tool, Windows 10 Update Switch Portable, can be used to control Windows 10 updates. To use this tool, first click on the link in the software window and download a Subinacl.exe file. After that, click Disable Windows 10 Updates to disable Windows 10 updates (conversely, click Enable Windows 10 Updates to turn them on) (Figure 5). The tool also supports the selection of the network type used for the upgrade (4 in total).