In most cases, automatic app updates come in handy. If you don't have to check for new versions regularly, you save time and your apps are safe.
However, sometimes you may want to prevent apps from being updated automatically. The latest version may be buggy or you may need an older version for some reason. We'll show you how to end the automatic update feature in apps on Windows 10 if possible.
How to stop automatic update of store apps in Windows 10
While it's probably not your main source for software downloading, there are many apps in the Microsoft Store. Check the differences between desktop and store apps
Desktop vs. Microsoft Store Apps: Which Should You Download?
if you are not familiar.
Since the Microsoft Store provides a central place to download apps, disabling automatic update is easy. Art Microsoft Store to the start menu to start it. After opening, click on the three-dot Menu Button at the top right and choose the settings.
On the Settings page, disable the option Update apps automatically Slider. That is all you have to do. Now store apps are no longer updated in the background.
Open the option to manually update apps in the future Menu again and choose Downloads and updates. There you will see all pending updates and can install them individually or all at the same time Refresh all Shortcut.
How to stop auto update in Windows Desktop Apps
While the process for store apps is fairly simple, you may also want to disable automatic updates for traditional desktop software. Unfortunately, this isn't consistent across programs, so you'll have to do a little searching for your specific app.
Some desktop apps have a switch to disable automatic updates in their settings window. For example, Visual Studio Code has a checkbox to disable background updates in Settings and a drop-down box to choose to deploy updates.
Unfortunately, many apps (like Dropbox, Spotify and Slack) don't have an easy way to disable updates. Since they receive regular updates, their apps check for new versions and install them when the app starts.
In some cases, you can block the update of the apps by changing the permissions in their app data folders or using command prompt commands. However, we only recommend this if you absolutely have to. These are hacked workarounds that may not work in the future, and it is safer to install the new versions anyway.
If you need to turn off automatic updating for an app like this, it's best to search Google for specific instructions for that app, as they are very different.
If you really want to block updates for a specific program, you can use Windows Firewall to prevent it from going online. However, this is only suitable for apps that do not require network access to function. Follow the first method in our guide to block Internet Explorer from accessing the Internet
How to block Internet Explorer from accessing the Internet
for help with that.
How to disable automatic Windows updates
As you probably know, Windows 10 is constantly updating itself automatically. If you want to prevent this, we have shown some ways to disable the Windows update
7 ways to temporarily disable Windows Update in Windows 10
Most of them are temporary; If you need to disable Windows Update, you should turn it back on soon to make sure you have the latest security updates. This is useful if you don't want your system to restart after updates, or if you need to keep a failed update away for a while.
If you have problems with an app
If you want to disable automatic updates, there is probably a problem with the latest version of the app. In this case, you may be able to fix the problem without disabling the updates.
First restart your PC if you have not already done so. This simple step can help fix problems even if only one app has a problem.
After that, try to completely uninstall and reinstall the program. This could fix any damaged files that lead to crash or poor performance. You should also try to temporarily disable your antivirus software as this can affect the proper performance of the app.
It's also worth doing a Windows System File Checker (SFC) scan to look for problems with operating system files. To do this, right-click the Start button (or press Win + X.) and click Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the list. Then enter this command:
sfc / scannow
This will take some time, but if problems arise, SFC will try to fix them automatically.
If you're having trouble with a store app, see our Windows 10 Store app troubleshooting guide
8 tips to fix Microsoft Store and app problems in Windows 10
. Otherwise, you should try some free Windows tools that can fix problems
The best free Windows 10 repair tools to fix problems
Keep your software up to date
Note that we showed you how to prevent troubleshooting programs from being updated. In most cases, you should have apps update automatically as this protects your system. If you are running outdated copies of software, you are vulnerable to vulnerabilities in previous versions.
So after disabling automatic troubleshooting updates, make sure you know how to update everything on your Windows 10 PC
How to update Windows, apps and drivers: The Complete Guide
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