Windows 10 Update Disabler – disables Windows 10 Updates reliably

Windows 10 is well known for forced updates and the extremely inopportune times at which it downloads them, installs them and restarts your PC. Only Enterpprise editions of the Windows 10 operating system have the ability to control how updates are delivered and installed. Home editions and also the Pro edition of Windows 10 are locked down to get updates whenever Microsoft decides to push them out. A huge number of users are not happy with this behavior. So that is how Windows 10 Update Disabler was born.


Windows 10 Update Disabler is created by PainteR, the author of many other impressive themes and apps, including my favorite app, Universal Watermark Disabler. Windows 10 Update Disabler is a special tool to avoid Windows 10 Updates.

What is Windows 10 Update Disabler

Windows Update Disabler is just a service which runs in the background and terminates attempts by Windows Update to install anything. Unlike other tools, it is very transparent and does not require configuration.

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According to the author, it does not rely on Windows Registry values because Windows can overwrite them any time without your knowledge or consent. Instead, it uses an undocumented system call to check the current state of Windows Update and tries to terminate it immediately. Once started, it also disables all scheduled tasks related to Windows Update, including the task which automatically restarts your PC while you are in the middle of something important.

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Watch the following video to see the app in action:

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Here is how to use the app if you decide to give it a chance.

Before you continue: The author claims that he developed the app for himself, to protect his PC from unwanted updates. You might not agree with him and with his vision of the problem. He has not tested it extensively. I checked the tool in my virtual machine and found no issues. It does exactly what it claims to do.

How to install Windows 10 Update Disabler

  1. Download the Windows Update Disabler app from here:

    Download Windows 10 Update Disabler

  2. Unpack the file UpdaterDisabler.exe to a folder you want. The EXE of this tool will run from this folder. unpack1
  3. Open an elevated command prompt in that folder. Tip: See the article How to open an elevated command prompt in Windows 10. open-elevated
  4. Type or copy-paste the following command at the command prompt in this folder:
    UpdaterDisabler -install

    This will install the service and activate it immediately. install-windows-10-update-disabler

How to uninstall Windows 10 Update Disabler

  1. Open an elevated command prompt in the folder you the UpdaterDisabler.exe. See the article How to open an elevated command prompt in Windows 10.
  2. Type or copy-paste the following command at the command prompt in this folder:
    UpdaterDisabler -remove

    This will uninstall the service and deactivate it. updates-enabled

It's a shame that we have to use a third party app to stop Windows 10 from downloading updates. This option should be available out of the box.

16 thoughts on “Windows 10 Update Disabler – disables Windows 10 Updates reliably

  1. MDJ

    If I’d hate updates so much then I’d rather go back to Windows 7. At least, in this case security holes would fixed.

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  2. sourav ghosh

    great,working,,,,,thank you

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome

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  3. PeterK.

    Is deactivating of “Windows Update” as a service not enough? Do I really need a third party software in order to completely shut down ALL update tasks and services?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Well, I am using the service deactivation method myself (and in Winaero Tweaker as an option for interested users). Not bothered about Task Scheduler.
      I contacted the author. He said that after he disabled all the stuff manually, his PC got updates ANY WAY and somehow the OS was able to re-able the service. So, thats why he made the app.

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      1. MDJ

        Wouldn’t it be possible to just remove the service? Would it be reinstalled?

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          I have not tried to remove the service. Usually, I just disable it using the “Method2” button in Winaero Tweaker.

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  4. Toshik

    What’s the difference between using Windows 10 Update Disabler and disabling Windows update service manually?

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    1. Toshik

      Got it. Read the answer above.

      Did you ask the author, what exactly does his tool do inside system?

      Message: “we couldn’t install some updates because the pc was turned off” could mean it does smth to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder to prevent updates.

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      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        He said:

        I use the backward reversed method to check the signal state of the WU service. This method was originally discovered by Tihiy and he share it with me.

        The English a bit broken, but you can get the idea. Also, he doesn’t want to share more details.

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    2. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      The author said that Windows 10 re-enabled the service for him automatically.
      With his tool, this won’t be possible any more.

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      1. Toshik

        Good to hear it. Useful tool!

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      2. Toshik

        Good to hear it. Useful tool! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Miike

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! Like so many others, I am a Windows 10 Home owner who has suffered mightily due to this problem. I find it difficult to understand how Microsoft consistently pulls this kind of arrogant bullshit. Honest to Pete, they should know better.
    Microsoft, you know who bought my computer? Me. I paid for my computer. I bought the hardware. I “bought” the software. It’s MY computer!! STOP trying to force your bull**** down my throat without my consent!
    Whew. Thank you for listening to my rant, and a huge thank you for creating this valuable tool.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

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  6. Micheal

    Please Windows7/8/8.1 version publish please please please

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