There is no easy way to stop Windows forcing us new fixes and updates of Windows 10. Many PC users has experienced the situation that their computer started updating at the wrong time (e.g. during presentation) or lost their unfinished work due to automatic updates of the system.

If you have admin rights to your PC, there is a way to fix this. Following steps allow you to permanently stop automatic updates of Windows 10:

  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on START and by searching gpedit.msc
  2. On the left side navigate to the following path:
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
  3. In navigation menu click on Windows Update
  4. On the right side double-click on Configure Automatic Updates
  5. Check the Disabled option to turn off automatic updates permanently on Windows 10
  6. Click Apply and then OK

The ability to manually check for updates remains available via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates