On Windows 10 Pro, the Local Group Policy Editor allows you to disable automatic updates permanently, or you can change the Windows Update policies to decide when updates should install on the device.

How to Disable updates

To disable automatic updates on Windows 10 permanently, use following steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for gpedit.msc and click the top result to launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Navigate to the paths:Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
  4. Double-click on Configure Automatic Updates policy at right side.
  5. Check the Disabled option to turn off the policy and disable automatic updates permanently like the given screenshot below
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  7. Click the Apply button.
  8. Click the OK button. After you complete the steps, Windows 10 will stop downloading updates automatically on the device. However, the ability to check for updates manually will continue to be available in Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. While on the page, you need to click the Check for updates button to download and install the most recent patches.