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How to pause or stop Windows Update download in Windows 10

Steps to pause or stop Windows Update download in Windows 10

We all know that, every time an update is available, Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs the update in the background. If the update requires a restart, it keeps showing as ‘require restart to finish installing’.

With the default settings, Windows 10 automatically checks for updates and downloads when available. The problem with this default behavior is that you may see pages opening slowly while huge files are being downloaded.

Users with a high-speed Internet connection may not experience this problem in web browsing, but users with slow internet connection often complain about this problem.

Would not it be useful if there was an option to pause or stop downloads Windows Update in Windows 10? Would not it be nice if there is an easy way to pause Windows Update in progress?

As of now, Windows 10 does not offer a pause button or an option in the Windows Update settings, but you can pause Windows Update downloads in Windows 10 by stopping the Windows update, transferring and delivering intelligent optimization in the background .

Since there is no official way to pause Windows Update downloads in Windows 10, Windows Update may occasionally begin downloading updates again by ignoring or deleting downloaded or partially downloaded update files.

If for some reason, you want to pause Windows Update downloads in Windows 10, for now or permanently, you can then follow the next steps.

Steps to pause Windows Update download in Windows 10

Method 1 of 4 : Pause Windows Update downloads in Windows 10 through the command prompt

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as administrator. To do this, click the Start button on the taskbar and click Command Prompt (Administrator). Click the YES button when you see the User Account Control message.

Step 2: Write the following commands one after another and do not forget to press the Enter key after pressing each command.

Type Net stop wuauserv and Press Enter. (It may take some time to stop the Windows Update service)

Type Net stop bits and Press Enter. (Stops the Smart Transfer Service)

Type Net stop dosvc and Press Enter. (Stops delivery optimization service)

Step 3: The Windows Update should now pause.

Steps to Resume Windows Update downloads

Step 1: Open Command Prompt with administrator rights.

Step 2: Run the following commands to start all stopped services and resume Windows Update downloads.

Net start wuauserc (Press Enter)

Net start bits (Press Enter)

Net start dosvc (Press Enter)

Step 3: Go to Settings app> Update & security> Windows Update. You should see Windows Update resume downloads. If not, wait a moment.

If Windows Update does not check for updates after exiting Windows Update, you may have to clear the Windows Update cache to do the Windows Update check again and start downloading available updates again.

Use the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter to address issues related to Windows upgrade.

Method 2 of 4 : Make Windows 10 notify you before downloading updates

If you take control of Windows Update and you want to stop downloading Windows Update automatically, you can do so with the help of Group Policy (requires Pro Edition).

Step 1: Type Gpedit.msc in Start or in the taskbar and press the Enter key.

Step 2: Go to Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Windows Update.

Step 3: Double-click Configure Automatic Updates.

Step 4: Select Enabled and then select Notify for download and notify for install. Click Apply.

Method 3 of 4 : Turn Metered Connection On

Since Windows 10 does not download the updates on the measurement network, you could configure your current network as a dosage to pause Windows Update downloads. Navigate to Settings app> Network & Internet> Wi-Fi, click on the current Wi-Fi network and switch back on Set as metered connection.

Method 4 of 4 : Activate airplane mode

The other option is to quickly activate in airplane mode. Enabling Airplane Mode disables all wireless communications. This might not work for users using cable connections.

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