Stop Windows 10 Automatic Updates Permanently

Stop Windows 10 Automatic Updates Permanently

Link to Microsoft Forum Post where our Fix was banned - https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-update-winpc/how-to-turn-off-windows-updates-permanently/603be1d3-b4c5-415a-9094-db0e9d3fc9ab

If you've made it here, then you've probably been to a lot of sites that claim to "fix" the Windows 10 Forced Update problem. You've probably even tried a few of them, only to have them fail completely or work for a short period of time. We guarantee this is the fastest, easiest fix you will find, and it works on EVERY version of Windows 10 ever made. Keep reading for a step by step tutorial, with pictures, that will fix your Forced Updates issue in less than 5 minutes.

First, a little technical background information. Windows Update runs as a service (which uses several other services to run). This makes it difficult to turn off. Newer versions of Windows 10 will not allow you to simply turn off the offending service(s), it will simply re-enable them periodically to rprevent you from turning them off completely. This workaround does not touch ANY services, any Windows Update files, etc. We are simply removing Windows updates download folder write privileges, which stops it completely in its tracks. If it cannot download the updates, it cannot install them, simple as that. There are some other sites out there advising you to remove permissions from the entire SoftwareDistribution folder, but this makes it problematic to restore Windows Updates in the future should the need arise.

This workaround will remove every user's access to the SoftwareDistributionDownload folder, so if you have a lot of files in this folder (some users may have several Gigabytes worth, especially if they have been upgraded through multiple Windows 10 updates) you may want to delete the files first to free up the drive space before continuing.

For those who want to skip the how-to and go straight to the prize, scroll to the bottom paragraph for a quick synopsis of the workaround. For everyone else, let's get started:

Step 1 : Disconnect your computer from the internet. If you are hardwired in, simply unplug your cable. If you are connected via Wifi, simply Toggle the Airplane mode to on after clicking on the Network Connections icon. (Note: This guide will work if you are connected to the internet, but you want the Windows updates to stop, right? This will keep them from going in the background while you are fixing this mess)

Step 2 : Browse to the following folder using My Computer or the Folder icon on the Start Bar : C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution" Right click on the Download folder and then click on Properties.

Step 3 : Click on the Security Tab. Click Advanced in the bottom right hand corner. Click Change Permissions., then click Disable Inheritance. At the prompt, select "Remove all inherited permissions from this object." Click Apply in the bottom right hand corner.

A Windows Security prompt will popup to say "You have denied all users access to Download. No one will be able to access Download and only the owner will be able to

change the permissions. Do you want to continue?" Click the Yes prompt.

Another Windows Security prompt will popup to say "You are about to change the permission settings on system folders. This can reduce the security of your computer and cause users to have problems accessing files. Do you want to continue?" Click the Yes prompt.

Click the OK Button to close the Advanced Security Settings box. Click the Ok Button again to close the Properties box.

To test, try double clicking on the Download Folder. You should see a prompt that says "You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click Continue to permanently get access to this folder." Clicking continue should now show the following error "You have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you will need to use the security tab". That's it folks, you're done!

Now of course you will want to go check to see if your magic voodoo spell actually worked. Here is what you should see when you try to do Windows Updates (don't forget to turn your Internet connection back on!)

Clicking on retry will simply run through the check again and will always fail to download the updates, which means NO MORE UPDATES!!! This isn't time limited, and isn't dependant on anything external, so there is an almost ZERO percent chance this will stop working at any point in the future.

The best part about this workaround is how simple it is to undo. Simply delete the Download folder completely and Windows Update will recreate the folder with all the correct privileges for you, you don't even need to wait for a reboot. Here's how to get back your updates if/when YOU decide it is time.

Step 1 : Once again, Browse to the following folder using My Computer or the Folder icon on the Start Bar : C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution Right click on the Download folder and then click on Properties. Click the Security Tab, click Advanced, click Continue.

Near the top where it shows "Owner: Unable to display current owner." click the Change wording.

A Box will popup with the title "Select User or Group" with a blank box at the bottom that says "Enter the object name to select (examples):" Type the word Owner in this box and click Ok. a new box will popup titled "Multiple Names Found" - Choose the matching name that says Owner and your computer name out the the right. Do not choose OWNER RIGHTS. Click Ok.

Make sure you check the box labeled "Replace owner on subcontainer and objects" then click Apply. A security box will popup to say "You do not have permission to read the contents of directory C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution/Download. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control? All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes." Click the Yes button. Wait a few seconds for the permissions to be replaced, then a security box will popup saying "If you have just taken ownership of this object, you will need to close and reopen this object's properties before you can view or change permissions." Click the OK button.

Click the OK button to close the Advanced Security Settings box, and click OK again to close the Download Properties box. If you check the Security tab now, you will ONLY see the Owner permissions, which still do not allow Windows to do updates correctly. Now simply right click the Download folder, and choose Delete. A popup will say "You need to provide administrative access to perform this action" Simply click yes. Now as soon as you check for updates again, the Download folder will be recreated with all the correct permissions and off it will go, as if nothing was ever amiss. (Note: If you get an error using Windows Updates that says required files are missing, a reboot should solve the issue)

For the brave, foolhardy, or those who know what they are doing and don't need any hand-holding, here are the condensed steps:

Browse to C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution, right click on the Downloads folder, click properties. Security Tab, Advanced, Change Permissions, Disable Inheritance, Remove all inherited permissions from this object, Apply, Yes, Yes, Ok, Ok.

And the condensed undo steps:

Browse to C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution, right click on the Downloads folder, click properties. Security Tab, Advanced, Change. Type Owner, click Ok, checkmark Replace owner on subcontainers and objects, click Apply, Yes, Yes, Ok, Ok, Ok.

Please feel free to leave feedback below, we truly hope this helps someone in need.

7 Comments

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      jon
      Mar 21, 2018

      Hi Many thanks for the Win10 update blocker. I was one of the main angry people on https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-update-winpc/how-to-turn-off-windows-updates-permanently/603be1d3-b4c5-415a-9094-db0e9d3fc9ab?messageId=f4e6e130-b9fd-4df5-bc70-935f8a97e362 Its strange - I have been trying to find your original posting but I do not seem to find it but on page 9 I do see quoted by GrahamJohnson10 and the information on that post says rather suspiciously - "In reply to deleted message" I am wondering whether there is a bit of censorship going on here now that someone has posted what would appear to be a promising fix? If they removed your post on account of the fact that it contained an external link then perhaps it would be a good idea to write a text version of your fix and post it and then see if they try and remove that as well? I did try to post to thank you for your fix but my posting did not appear either. I am anxious that MS do not manage to silence your fix especially if it turns out to be the magic bullet. Kind regards and many thanks. Jon

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      RCD4u Admin
      Mar 21, 2018

      Yes, our profile has now been blocked on the entire Microsoft Website, so it looks like they did NOT like this post.

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        Jon
        Mar 24, 2018

        RCD4u Admin It does make you wonder doesnt it. I would like to ask your permission to reproduce the photos and text in a post on that thread? I suspect that they removed the post on the technicality of a link to a commercial site. Would you consent to a verbatim reproduction of the information and pictures on this very useful page to be posted by me on the MS site? Your good work is very much appreciated !!! Kind regards Jon

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          RCD4u Admin
          Mar 24, 2018

          Absolutely! We want this information out there to help people. Be careful though, they could just as easily block your account for re-posting it. Good luck.

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            Jon
            Mar 26, 2018

            Many thanks. I do not believe they will try to block me as I have already posted my intentions and documented that someone (you) has been blocked but probably on a technicality - posting a link to a commercial site. If I stay squeeky clean in the post I make I think it will look too much like censorship if they remove my post. Again thanks for your generosity in sharing.

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      KEviNTUCKY
      May 13, 2018

      Thank you so much. I feared eventually an update would prevent an older program from functioning properly and sure enough! Build 1803 will never see my computer thanks to you! You are appreciated.

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      KEviNTUCKY
      Aug 24, 2018

      This REALLY works and I THANK you! Laughed at Microsoft's response of action. Did want to note that someway, somehow my OS was updated earlier after about 3 or 4 months of avoiding it. I rolled it back and will see how it goes. Thanks again for your hard work.

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