We've previously covered how to stop Windows automatically restarting after an update, but what if you just want to disable the Windows 10 update notification? They can interrupt what you're doing, cover a game UI element at a crucial time, and more. Well, today we're going to show you two ways to get rid of them for good.
Before we do, however, it's worth adding the usual disclaimer. Windows updates are very important for the continued stability and security of your operating system. If you do not regularly update, you risk opening yourself up to vulnerabilities that are out in the open but not patched on your PC.
Should you disable Windows 10 update notifications?
That said, if you're in the (good) habit of applying updates when you turn off your PC for the day, you may find these notifications unnecessary. In such cases, knowing how to stop Windows 10 update notifications will save you a lot of pain. So, here's how you can do it using Settings and the Group Policy Editor:
How to Stop Windows Update and Restart Notifications via Settings
The most user-friendly way to stop Windows 10 update notifications, is, unsurprisingly, through Microsoft's settings app. Just bear in mind that Microsoft may be sneaky and enable notifications again after a feature update. Here's how you can do it:
- Open Settings
Press the Start button, then click the settings cog, above the power button. Alternatively, press Windows + I.
- Click “Update & Security”
- Click “Windows Update” in the sidebar, then “Advanced Options” in the main pane
- Scroll down to the “Update notifications” heading and disable Windows 10 update notifications
The toggle is under the description, “Show a notification when your PC requires a restart to finish updating”.
- Optional: Toggle off “restart when a restart is required”
You'll find this under “Update options” with the description “Restart this device as soon as possible when a restart is required to install an update. Windows will display a notice before the restart”.
How to Disable Windows Update and Restart Notification via Group Policy
Windows 10 Pro users can use the Group Policy Editor instead of settings, which allows them to easily apply the change to multiple users:
- Open the Local Group Policy Editor
Press Start and type “gpedit.msc”, then click the top result.
- Go to “Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Windows Update”, then double-click “Turn off auto-restart notifications” in the main pane
- Tick “Enabled” and press “OK”
That's it! Windows 10 update notifications should no longer show for your defined user.
How to Roll Back Updates and Check Your Windows 10 Update History
Now that you know how to get rid of the Windows 10 update notification, you may be wondering whether your PC has already updated without your knowledge. You can follow our update history guide to check, then use our rollback guide if you need to go back to a previous version for compatibility.