How to Turn OFF Windows Update
to keep Windows 10 from installing

Left-click the Start Button in the lower left corner of the screen.

Then use the search box at the bottom of the Start Menu for the next step.




In the search box, type "windows update". Search results will appear in the upper pane as you type.

Left-click the "Windows Update" result in the upper pane.

The Windows Update window will appear.




In the Windows Update window, left-click "Change settings" in the left pane.




Under "Important updates", left-click the drop-down arrow and select "Never check for updates".

Under "Recommended updates", uncheck "Give me recommended updates...".

Then left-click the "OK" button.

Windows will now no longer automatically check for or install updates.




Since Windows will no longer check for updates, you may begin to receive balloon popups in the system tray (the lower-right corner of the screen). These balloon messages will constantly nag you that Windows Update is turned off.

To stop the nag balloons, follow the next steps.




Left-click the Start Button again, and this time in the search box type "action center". Search results will appear in the upper pane as you type.

Left-click the "Action Center" result in the upper pane.

The Action Center window will appear.




In the Action Center window, left-click "Change Action Center settings" in the left pane.




Under "Security messages", uncheck "Windows Update".

Then left-click the "OK" button.

Now Windows will no longer nag you that Windows Update is turned off.




If Windows 10 prompts have already appeared in the system tray, use GWX Control Panel to stop Windows 10 from installing.

Visit ultimateoutsider.com/downloads and download GWX Control Panel. This will download a file, gwx_control_panel.exe, to your computer.

Find the gwx_control_pan.exe file on your computer, then double-click the file to launch GWX Control Panel.

Use GWX Control Panel to delete any Windows 10 download folder and disable Windows from trying to upgrade your OS.



author: Dan Goodell
last revised: 10/30/2015