Easily Pause Windows 10 Updates From the Command Line

Windows 10 automatically downloads updates in the background, which can be rude on slow or limited internet. Fortunately, there is a way to pause the download from the command line.

As Into Windows points out, Windows 10 doesn’t give you an easy way to pause downloads directly from the Settings app. Instead, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Start menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Enter net stop wuauserv
  3. Enter net stop bits
  4. Enter net stop dosvc
  5. Close the command prompt window.

Each command may take several seconds to complete. If you want to cancel the process and resume the download, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Start menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Enter net start wuauserv
  3. Enter net start bits
  4. Enter net start dosvc
  5. Close the command prompt window.

You can also enable Metered Connection in Windows 10 to try to dissuade Microsoft from sending big updates to your PC. However, this command line method is the most direct way to stop all downloads.

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