Although Windows updates can bring good things, they can be really annoying - and can even prevent you from using your computer if they fail to install.  Here's how to stop updates in Windows 10.

If, like most people, your computer runs Windows 10 Home, then you have less control over updates. However, Microsoft has realised the error of its ways and in the latest version of Windows 10 you can prevent restarts during your 'Active Hours'. To set these, choose Settings from the Start menu, then Update and Security, then Change Active Hours. 

How to hide and stop Windows 10 updates

Of course, simply setting Active Hours isn't sufficient to prevent Windows updates getting installed. One of the issues with the forced and automatic updates in Windows 10 is that - on occasion - a broken update will be included and fail to install. When this happens, Windows will try to download and install it each time you shut down or start your PC.

The good news is that you can download an optional tool for Windows 10 called the Show or Hide Updates Troubleshooter. There are two versions, one for the Anniversary Update, and one for computers running the November (2015) update. 

You install this like any other program after downloading it, by clicking on the downloaded file in your browser, or heading to your downloads folder and double-clicking it.

The troubleshooter should start and show a welcome screen. Click Next to perform a scan and find out which updates can be (temporarily) stopped from installing.

How to stop Windows 10 update

Then, you can click on Hide updates and you'll see a list of the updates which you can stop. Tick the box next to each one you want to stop. It's best to use Google to try to find out which is the troublesome update rather than simply checking them all. The updates bring not only bug fixes and new features but important security patches. Without the latest updates your PC may be left vulnerable.

Click Next and the troubleshooter will do its thing and hopefully show a screen like the one below showing that it has successfully suppressed the update(s).

How to stop Windows 10 update

It's a good idea to keep tabs on when MIcrosoft has fixed the broken update so that you can use the same tool to unhide the update so it can install. The process is the same, as you'd expect. Just use the Show hidden updates option, and select those you want to un-hide:

How to stop Windows 10 update