Out of the box, Windows 10 is configured to download and install updates for Store games and apps automatically. You might want to stop this and change the operating system's behavior to save your disk space, PC resources and bandwidth so that apps are always updated with your permission and never automatically. Here is how it can be done.
There are a number of ways to prevent Windows 10 from auto-updating or auto-downloading Store apps. The best way to do it for all users is a simple Registry tweak. Do it as follows:
- Open Registry Editor (see how).
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click. If this key doesn't exist, just create it.
- In the right pane, you should create a new 32-bit DWORD value named AutoDownload. Set it to 2 to disable app auto-update.
Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
- Restart Windows 10.
Alternatively, you can use Winaero Tweaker. It has an easy to use option to disable automatic app updating. Use the option in it to disable this behavior and prevent Windows 10 from auto-updating or auto-downloading Store apps:
Once this is done, you can be rest assured that Windows 10 won't download huge app packages on its own. The only side effect from this change is that you will need to check for app updates manually using the Store app as some apps will get old over time. To enable auto-update again, just delete the mentioned value.