Stop Windows 10 Automatic Updates

Windows 10 does not make it easy for you to disable Automatic Updates. You may be mining away uninterrupted for months, then you wake up one morning and your rig hasn't submitted any shares for hours. You reboot to find your graphics cards are no longer recognized, your OC settings are deleted, and your mining software immediately error-crashes. Oh great, an unannounced Windows 10 update.

Prevent Windows 10 from automatically installing updates with this quick guide. These changes still allow you to manually check for updates and install them when you're ready to install them.

Obligatory Warning: Create a System Restore point before altering registry!

Primary Method:

The trick here is to create a metered internet connection for your rig:

  1. Open regedit as a run command
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost
  3. Right click DefaultMediaCost in the left pane, click "Permissions"
  4. Click Advanced
  5. Click Change (top of window)
  6. Type Administrators (or your login name)
  7. Click Check Names (it will auto-correct by adding machine name)
  8. Click OK
  9. Click OK again
  10. (Within Permissions window again) Click Administrators (or your login name)
  11. Check the Allow box next to Full Control
  12. Click OK
  13. Double Click Ethernet (or WIFI if applicable)
  14. Set Value Data to 2
  15. Click OK. Reboot. Voila!

Alternative Method:

This trick is to edit your local group policy:
  1. Open gpedit.msc as a run command
  2. Go to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update
  3. Click on Windows Update in the left panel
  4. Right click Configure Automatic Updates in the right panel
  5. Click Edit
  6. Click "Disabled" in the top left to disable Windows Automatic Updates
  7. Click OK. Reboot. Voila!

End of Article! Hope this helps ya! Hash away!