Prevent Windows 10 from downloading app updates automatically

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.

How to disable automatic updating of apps in Windows 10

If you use Universal (Metro) apps in Windows 10, you might have noticed that like system updates, these apps also get updated automatically. New versions of apps are generally larger. They install without your consent and this not only causes additional traffic and reduces disk space but some apps might have regressions, changed design or missing features in the new version. So you might not want to update all your apps automatically and instead prefer to update them manually. Here is how to disable the automatic updating of apps in Windows 10.

How to prevent Windows 8.1 from automatically updating Modern apps

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has introduced a lot of improvements over Windows 8. One such improvement is the automatic app update feature, which downloads the latest versions of all Metro apps and allows you to keep them always up-to-date. In Windows 8, you had to update your apps manually.

However, some users may prefer to approve app updates manually. There are several reasons which my friends cited for this. The most common reason was: "The new version of the app broke/removed my favorite feature". That makes sense, you certainly don't want an update to delete or break any existing functionality. So for such perceptive users, it's better to simply disable the automatic updating of Modern apps. Let's see how.

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