In previous versions of Windows, users could choose which system updates to be downloaded and installed. It was also possible to completely disable the updates. In Windows 10 it is not possible – Microsoft forces us to carry out regular updates, which can be run at the inconvenient moment. Fortunately, there is an unofficial way to turn the updates off.
Although Windows 10 does not officially offer the possibility of disabling the automatic upgrades, thanks to a few tricks you can make that they will not be downloaded and installed automatically. Here’s how will it work:
In the case of Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education you can stop the automatic updates by using the Local Group Policy Editor. Unfortunately, this latter function is not available in Windows 10 Home, which is the basic version of the system. Fortunately, in this case, there is a workaround.
Turning off automatic updates in Windows 10 Home
Using Windows 10 Home we have basically one chance – to use the connection settings, marking them as the metered. In this case, no updates will be downloaded automatically.
1. To do this, go to settings.
2. Select “Network and Internet”.
3. We will see a Wi-Fi connection that we use. Click “Advanced Options.”
4. Select the “Set at metered connection”. From now on, Windows will treat our current connection as a network with a limited data package (mobile connection) and therefore the system updates will be charged, so the updates won’t be done without our permission.
Note: The updates will be downloaded, however, when combined with another Wi-Fi network. Then, because the system will see it as a normal connection.
Getting the password through Windows
If you are using a Windows PC which is connected to the wireless network, then to find the password, follow these steps:
- Go to the Start menu, the Windows logo, and then select Settings> Network and Internet.
- Select the network you want to connect, and then click Connect.
- In the search box, type view network connections, and then in the search results, press or click View Network Connections.
- In the Network Connections window, press and hold (or right-click) the network name, and then press or click positions Status> Wireless Network Properties.
- Select the Security tab, and then click Show characters.
Your wireless network password is displayed in the network security key area.
Finding a password on the router configuration page
If you are using a computer which can access the Internet, to find the password follow these steps:
- Open a web browser.
- In the search bar, type the IP address of the wireless router (eg 192.168.1.1). The default IP address of the router, see the documentation that came with your device or network.
- Enter the user name and password to view the configuration page of the router. For most routers, the default user name and password can be found in the documentation for the device.
- On the Configuration options page try to locate something like wireless network settings or wireless connection settings.
- Now, find something in the lines of wireless security settings or wireless encryption settings. Security key (sometimes called the network key, password or network password) should be located in this section.
Warning: pages of the settings vary depending on the manufacturer. If you can not find the network security key, contact the wireless router manufacturer.