Until Windows 7, users had the liberty to choose whether they want updates from Microsoft or not. But with Windows 10, that liberty is taken back from the users. It no longer asks you whether you wish to update your Windows 10; you’ll have to do it. Though there is a little window left open by Microsoft and we will exactly discuss that here in detail.

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For users having Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, or Education version, they have access to group policy and registry settings. If you are on Windows 10 Home Edition, then too there is a way to stop Windows 10 automatic updates. Just head south and check the guide.

How to Stop Automatic Update in Windows 10How to Stop Automatic Updates in Windows 10

How to Restrict automatic update using “Metered Connection.”

Thanks to Microsoft for including this option for updates. The basic function of the option is to check which connection you are using before downloading the updates. That means, if you are using cellular data network, it is termed as Metered Connection. Cellular data by default is set a metered connection, but you have the freedom to set any connection as metered and thus, restricting the Windows 10 update.

Step #1. In order to use this option, head over to SettingsNetwork & InternetWi-Fi.

Go to Network & InternetStep #2. Now click “Manage Known Networks.”

Step #3. Under that, select your Wi-Fi and click its “Properties.”

Note: (If you haven’t gotten the Anniversary Update yet, then click on Advanced Options.)

Click on Advanced OptionsStep #4. Now all you need to do is to toggle ON the switch that says “Set as metered connection.”

A Thing to note here is that the Windows 10 does not consider Ethernet connection as Metered, but the same can be altered using a Registry Hack.

Before moving forward, please note that Registry Editor is a delicate tool and if you don’t know what you are doing, then there are chances you will end up with an inoperable PC. As long as you do exactly what is mentioned here, there is no need to worry. Also, you’ll also need to grant permission to make changes in Registry, follow the guide below to do so.

How to grant Permission in Registry on Windows 10

Step #1. Press Start and type “Regedit” in the search box and press “Enter” to launch it.

Step #2. In the Registry editor use the left sidebar to navigate to.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost

Step #3. You will need to have permission to go forward. Now right click on “DefaultMediaCost” and then click on “Permissions.”

Click on DefaultMediaCost and then click on PermissionsStep #4. In Permissions windows, click on “Advanced.”

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Click on AdvancedStep #5. Under that, click on “Change.”

Click on ChangeStep #6. In the next window, type your Windows Username, the one that is displayed when you start your computer. Enter that in the “Enter the object name to select” and click on “Check Names” right beside it. Now click on “OK” and return to the earlier window.

Enter the object name to select and click on Check Names

Click on OK and return to the earlier windowStep #7. You will again be at the Permissions window. Click on the Windows Username you added in the earlier step and grant it “Full Control” and then click “OK.”

Now that you have got the permissions to modify registry keys, we can take things forward and make Ethernet as Metered Connection to stop Windows 10 from downloading updates automatically.

How to mark Ethernet as Metered Connection on Windows 10 using Registry

Step #1. If you are not already in the Registry, please follow steps one and two from the above guide.

Step #2. On the left sidebar, click the “DefaultMediaCost.”

Step #3. Now on the right sidebar, double-click on “Ethernet” to edit its values.

Double-click on Ethernet to edit its valuesStep #4. You will now see values of Ethernet. You just need to change “Value data” from 1 to 2. That is, just delete the value “1” and write down “2”. Now click “OK, “ and your job is done.

Change Value data from 1 to 2 then click OKThat’s all folks! Your Wi-Fi and Ethernet are both marked as metered connection. On a personal note, you shouldn’t ignore Windows update for security reasons. In case if you aren’t aware, then let me tell you that Microsoft was aware of the Ransomware loophole in their system and they did release a patch before almost a month from the actual attack. Infected victims were the ones that did not download the updates.

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