Windows 10 PCs automatically check for updates and install any updates they find. You can take some control over this and have Windows 10 install updates on your schedule, but these options are hidden. Windows Update really wants to automatically update on Windows 10.
Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10 have access to group policy and registry settings for this, but even Home editions of Windows 10 give you a way to stop updates from automatically downloading.
1. Start Windows services by pressing the Windows key + R. After launching the “Run” window, enter “services.msc” in the field and select “OK”.
2. When the Services window opens, locate and select Windows Update, then click the Stop Services / Stop icon to stop the service.
3. After stopping the service, right-click "Windows Update" and select "Properties."
4. In the "Properties" window, select the "Startup type" drop-down menu, then select "Disabled". Select "Apply", then select "OK".
5. Exit the “Services” window and enjoy your Windows 10 device without updates.
Disable automatic updating using Windows 10 update settings.
1. Open the “Start” menu and start “Windows Update” through the search.
2. Select "Advanced Options."
3. To pause updates, set the “Suspend Updates” switch to the “On” position, and updates will be suspended. Note: this option disables updates only temporarily for 35 days. You need to turn the update pause off and on again so that the account starts anew.
4. Move the updates instead, select the desired “Service Channel Update Window” from the first drop-down menu, and then set how long you want to postpone the update of features and quality updates. Note: Feature updates may be delayed for up to 365 days, while quality updates may be delayed for up to 30 days.
5. Enjoy a Windows 10 device with temporarily disabled automatic updates. To undo the changes, go to the "Windows Update" settings and make sure that the grace days are set to 0 and the service channel is set to Semi-Annual Channel (Target).