Published from: December 5, 2017 Updated: February 25, 2018
With Windows 10, Microsoft made an unexpected and unpleasant moment by preventing the user from deciding whether to install the system update or not. In the Home and Pro versions, the user will no longer be able to easily manage the installation and downloading of updates.
What you need to do to stop and disable Windows Update in Windows 10 and always control the system update. This is especially true when it comes to Windows 10 Home.
Allow manual updates only in Windows 10
Previously, one of the best solutions to regain control of updates was to disable the Windows Update service and enable it only when you wanted the system to find and install available updates.
Microsoft has changed the previously available workaround in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, closed this loophole. There is another way to disable Windows 10 updates, which is still available, but for this you need to change the permissions of the program responsible for checking for updates.
The good news is that this will not affect the manual installation of updates, but will prevent automatic checking for updates on your system. When using this method, there is also the option to restore the original update settings, but I recommend that you back up the system partition before making changes to Windows 10.
In Windows 10, the Scheduler has a task that uses the program C: \ Windows \ System32 \ UsoClient.Exe, for regular and automatic updates. You will find the task in the Task Scheduler Library Microsoft → Windows → UpdateOrchestrator → Schedule Scan. This task performs a scheduled scan of Windows Update.
The task has several triggers:
- The first: launches it once a day.
- Second: runs it as event log identifier 8202.
- Third: custom trigger.
In this method, you must remove all permissions from the file UsoClient.Exe. Due to this, the check for updates caused by tasks will be suspended. Please note that this will not affect updates. Windows Defender, they will still be downloaded and installed automatically.
How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates.
- Press the Win key to open the menu. “Start” Windows 10
- Enter cmd.Exe, select “Run as Administrator”. To do this, right-click on the displayed result and select run as administrator.
- Confirm the UAC prompt.
- Run the command:
This will overwrite the rights to the file and attach it to the administrator group, giving you full control over the file.
- Now do:
This command will remove the permissions of the selected user groups for the file.
Please note that you may need to change group names if you are using the English version of Windows:
After executing the last command, you should receive messages about successful execution, but you can verify that all permissions have been deleted by right-clicking on the file “C: \ Windows \ System32 \ UsoClient.Exe”, selecting properties in the context menu and going to the tab “Safety”.
The next time Windows 10 tries to trigger an update event, you should receive an error message “Denial of access” in the results of the last run in the task list UpdateOrchestrator.
You can still start checking for updates manually by opening Options → Update and Security.
Restore permissions, how to return automatic update settings.
To return the settings for automatic updates, you can restore the file permissions at any time:
- Open a command prompt with administrator privileges as described above.
- Run the command:
This command will reset all permissions for UsoClient.Exe, so that the automatic update of Windows 10 will start again.
Now you: Which type of update do you prefer, manual or automatic? How is your system configured?