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How to Disabled Automatic Downloading of Windows 10

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650x300xScreenshot_9_10_15__10_02_PM-650x300.png.pagespeed.ic.i-mMpcFO-6Microsoft hasn’t exactly been making themselves dear to tech geeks everywhere with all the privacy concerns and other issues. Now Microsoft automatically downloads all of Windows 10 your PC without asking for it.

To be sincere, the company are downloadind the Windows which takes at least 3G space on your drive and eats the precious on your internet connection your are managing.

According to a statement provided to The Register by Microsoft, their explanation is that they think this is a better experience:

“For those who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help customers prepare their devices for Windows 10 by downloading the files necessary for future installation. This results in a better upgrade experience and ensures the customer’s device has the latest software.”

If you have your automatic updates enabled, it would surely affects you but almost everybody has their automatic updates on by default and that is very important because of security purpose.

How to Block Windows 10 from Downloading (Hopefully)

It is not a magic to stop Windows 10 from downloading. In fact, you’re going to have to install a special patch from Microsoft to keep them from making you download something else. And that’s if you believe Microsoft’s support documentation, which says that you can block the Windows 10 upgrade this way.

We aren’t saying this will stop Windows 10 from downloading but this is one of the case where we normally would avoid writing on the topic, since too much is up in the air and we like to be accurate at all times. So bear with us if this doesn’t work for you.

Step 1

You’ll need to install this patch from Microsoft’s website and you must be on Windows 8.1 and not 8 to install the patch, so pick the version for your OS, install it, and reboot.

Step 2

Open up your registry editor using the Start Menu search or by pressing WIN + R and typing regedit and press enter, and then navigate down to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\
Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

You’ll probably have to create the WindowsUpdate key on the left-hand side, you can do by right-clicking the Windows node. Click on that new key, and then create a new 32-bit DWORD called DisableOSUpgrade on the right-hand side, and give it a value of 1.

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Reboot after doing this. You are done!

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