Stop Automatic Downloads of Windows 10


How to stop the automatic download of Windows 10 upgrade files.–PC Pitstop.

Stop Automatic Downloads of Windows 10

by Anand Khanse for The Windows Club

Whether you have opted for the free upgrade or or not, Microsoft is downloading Windows 10 to your computer. It will do so if you have the automatic updates enabled on your machine. Sure, it will ask you first, if you would like to install it, once the download is completed. But if you would like to stop the automatic downloading of Windows 10 upgrade files to your computer, you can do so by modifying the Registry or Group Policy settings.

Stop automatic downloading of Windows 10 upgrade files

If you are a system administrators who wants to prevent Windows 7, Windows 7 for Embedded Systems, Windows 8.1 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro clients from downloading Windows 10 and upgrading to it, you can do the following.


Using Group Policy

1. You will first have to make sure that the Windows Update client mentioned on KB3080351 is installed on your computer.

2. To suppress the downloading of the Windows 10 Upgrade, press Win+R to open the Run box. Type gpedit.msc and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

3. Navigate to the following setting:

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update Policy

4.Double-click on Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update and Enable this policy setting.

5.Click Apply and exit.

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