FAQ: Windows 10: Unwanted Windows Updates

Unwanted Windows updates are a pain; here’s how you can minimize these updates:

For users running Windows 10 Pro, from the Start Menu, search for ‘gpedit’ and run the Group Policy Editor. Expand Computer Configuration in the left-hand pane and navigate to Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update.

Double Left-Click on Configure Automatic Updates in the list, select the Enabled radio button, and in the left-hand box, select option 2 – Notify for download and notify for install. Now click OK, and you’ll be notified whenever there are updates – they’ll be sent daily if you’re using Windows Defender.

The Group Policy Editor isn’t available on Windows 10 Home, but we recommend you at least open Windows Update, click Advanced options, and select ‘Notify to schedule restart’ from the Choose how updates are installed list. All Windows 10 users might want to click Choose how updates are delivered and ensure that Updates from multiple places are either off or set to PCs on my local network.