UPDATE: Microsoft is expected to run a major update on Windows 10 after their developers conference in May 2017. We recommend that all customers disable automatic Windows updates with the instructions below to avoid their point of sale system auto-updating during business hours.
Windows has a lot of great features, but among the most controversial aspects of this operating system is that it really, really, REALLY runs a lot of updates. In fact, with Windows 10, Microsoft has made these updates mandatory.
Some of these updates are beneficial, but others can cause problems such as issues with peripheral drivers, program dysfunctions and crash loops. While it is never recommended to turn off your Windows updates completely, as a business owner, you would most likely want to run updates at a time of your choosing to minimize the impact on your business. If you want to stop Windows 10 from constantly updating, or just want to install only your preferred updates, you can follow the instructions below.
1. Right-click on your Taskbar (the long, horizontal bar at the bottom of your screen) and select Task Manager.
2. Click on the Services tab.
3. Click Open Services at the bottom of the window.
4. Search for Windows Update.
5. Right-click and select Properties.
6. Click on the Startup type drop-down menu.
7. Select Disabled.
8. Click on Stop. Then click Apply, then OK.
Following these simple steps will prevent the seemingly endless series of automatic updates from dampening your Windows 10 experience. Of course, not all updates are problematic, so you can always choose to manually install the updates you want at any time. The choice is in your hands.
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