windows 10 can't turn off updates

So i have 2 devices, one laptop with 32 gb SSD, of which windows takes up 3/4th and can't update cause it needs 8 atleast, can't even delete anything more as its all system files so im stuck with a UPDATE WINDOWS 10 program that keeps popping up, severely slowing down the laptop.

second i have my workstation PC, that i need , for you know work. 

so after disabling windows 10 updates, even trough regedit. i STILL get updates, i still get this obnoxious message ' working on updates this will take a while'' i don't care how ''important'' these updates are, i only download from trusted sources and haven't in 10+ years had the need for a virus scanner. 

how the hell do i turn this off? i never want to see windows 10 update again, i'd revert back to windows 7 if it weren't for all the support i'm missing out on not using windows 10. 

Turning off updates completely in Windows 10 is sort of difficult. There are the options you have if you don't want to install updates.

See options for managing how and when Windows Updates are installed.

Option 1:

Set your Internet connection as metered:

Option 2:

Use Active Hours and Restart options:

Option 3:

Use Show/Hide Updates tool to block the update:

Is there an option or work around to block updates or hardware drivers that might cause problems?
Yes, Microsoft has released a KB update (KB3073930) that will let users block or hide Windows or driver updates.

You can download it at the following link:

Option 4:

Press Windows key + R
Type: services.msc
Hit Enter

Scroll down to Windows Update
Select it then right click it
Click Properties
Under the General tab, choose Startup type to DIsabled
Click Stop
Click Apply then OK

Option 5:

Before carrying out this procedure, disconnect from the Internet. That means turning off Wi-Fi and disconnecting from a wired connection. If you don't, Windows 10 will indicate some files are in use and cannot be modified or the command will be non-responsive. Also, you should restart your computer after disconnecting from the Internet. The easiest way to do it is to enable Airplane mode from the Action Center - Windows key + A.

Stop the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer and the Windows Update Services. To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt. Press the “ENTER” key after you type each command.

net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSvc

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

Option :

Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro which can pause updates for up to 35 days or block them for a year.

Open Start > Settings > Update & security > Activation
Click the link ‘Go to the store to upgrade or enter a product keyâ€:tm:
Click the $99 button to make your purchase (the price might vary by region or depending on the edition you are upgrading from or upgrading to).
Follow the on screen instructions to make your purchase.
Within 5 to 10 minutes, your system will be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, your personal files, apps and settings preserved.
You wonâ€:tm:t get a product key, you get a digital license, which is attached to your Microsoft Account used to make the purchase.
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Last updated December 29, 2020 Views 5,624 Applies to: