Stop Windows 10 Updates

Running an encrypted laptop which can't handle some Windows Updates.  How can I disable the nag screens until I unencrypt drive to install updates?

Or even better, is there a way to apply major Windows 10 updates without unencrypting?  Using Veracrypt.


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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can only defer Windows 10 updates, not stop them.

Set to defer 30 days and then schedule to unencrypt the drive a day or two before and update at that time
NEMCAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply, John.  Is there actually an option that allows you to set Windows to defer for 30 days?  Couldn't find it under the Windows Update settings.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In Update Settings, Advanced Options.


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NEMCAuthor Commented:
I don't have that set of options.  I'm running Windows 10 Enterprise, not sure if that would be the difference:

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
There may be some options in "Choose how updates are delivered" or you have WSUS on your server and can manage via WSUS
Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:

What specific version of Windows are you running...go to Run > type winver. Tell me what the numbers next to Version are.

It depends on what release you have if the following will work but I'll provide these in the meantime until I hear back from you.

1. Set your Connection to Metered

This will trick the OS into thinking your connection is metered or limited even if it is not and Windows Update will not run. The caveat though is I believe it only works on wireless connection not wired. To do so follow below:
Start > type Change Wi-Fi settings > click Advanced Options, and enable the toggle below Set as metered connection.

2. Group Policy Settings

• Go to Run > type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor (this requires admin rights).
• Browse to:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update

Open in new window

• Double-click on Configure Automatic Updates
• Check the Disabled option to enable the policy.
• Then click OK.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can pause and schedule updates as we have shown above. But you must organize your work (easy to do) so that you are not surprised by updates. Otherwise, at some point, now or soon, Windows will restart your computer when it wants to.

So organize your work and plan for updates. Best way overall
NEMCAuthor Commented:
NEMCAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply Blue Street.  I've posted the version of Windows 10 being run.

I am on an ethernet, not WiFi connection.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That is (by now) a fairly old version of Windows 10 and V1607 does not come with the update management methods I / we suggested above.
NEMCAuthor Commented:
OK.  Unencrypt / reencrypt here we come.

Thanks for all the assistance.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update.
Allow the question: why would you use an encryption that cannot be suspended?
Use bitlocker instead - it can be suspended. On win10 home, use device encryption (aka "bitlocker light").
[If you prefer veracrypt to bitlocker because you don't trust Microsoft (heard that argument before...), why use Windows in the first place?]
Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:
Glad we could help...thanks for the points!
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