How to temporarily turn off automatic updates in Windows 10, so your computer won't restart on its own

Business Insider | 11/25/2019 | Ross James
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You can turn off automatic updates in Windows 10 to stop your computer from restarting and updating without your permission.

However, you can't turn off automatic updates forever — Windows only lets you push them back for about a month at a time.

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Windows updates can be like dentist appointments for some people — you know they're important, but on the other hand, you're going to do everything to put them off, or get out of it altogether.

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Turning automatic updates off means that your computer will only restart when you want it to — no more losing progress to a forced shut down.

Note, however, that you normally can't turn off automatic updates forever. Using Windows' Settings app, you can only pause them for up to 35 days at a time.

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Updates often close holes that have been discovered in your operating system's security, so you should still make sure you're updating when you can.

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1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard. or click the icon at the bottom-left of your screen, and search "Updates."

2. Select "Check for Updates."

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