Recently, we were working on a Windows 10 machine on a metered connection. Even though we are not fans of blocking updates, this time we had to stop the updates as they were sucking the data package dry. To do so we executed the commands of the block below in a command prompt with administrative rights.
To start a Command Prompt (
cmd) with administrative rights we pressed
Windows+X that showed the
Quick Access menu, from the menu we clicked on
Command Prompt (Admin). After that we got prompted by
User Account Control window if it was OK to allow this application to make changes, where we clicked
In the new Command Prompt window we executed the following 3 commands that kill all services immediately related with the updates
net stop wuauserv net stop bits net stop dosvc
net stop wuauservstops the Windows Update service.
net stop bitsstops the Background Intelligent Transfer Service service
net stop dosvcstops the Delivery Optimization service
Revert action and Start Windows 10 updates
To resume (actually restart them since we stopped them) the Windows 10 updates you can either restart the machine or in a command prompt with administrative rights execute the following:
net start wuauserc net start bits net start dosvc