How to disable Windows 10 Update Assistant permanently

Windows 10 has an inbuilt service the Update Assistant which helps users upgrade their computers by making sure they have the right set of compatible hardware and software for the next version of Windows 10. However, sometimes the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant keeps reinstalling itself and forcing Windows 10 Installation when the user does not want it to. While Windows has features which let you delay the Update, sometimes the Update Assistant doesn’t follow these rules and just installs the most recent version of the Windows 10 OS available.

Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant keeps reinstalling itself & forcing Windows 10 Installation

In one of the cases, we noticed that even when a user rolls back to the previous version, the upgrade assistant gets notorious. Even when the user tries selecting the “Defer upgrades” option, it doesn’t stop the upgrade assistant to reinstall the latest version of Windows 10.

Disable Windows 10 Update Assistant permanently

Since Defer upgrade is also not working for you, its best to disable the Windows 10 Update Assistant permanently, and chose to update manually whenever you think the time is right for you. The first two temporary solutions, whereas the third one is of a more permanent nature.

1] Uninstall Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant

Disable Windows 10 Update Assistant

  • Press WIN + R to open run prompt. Type appwiz.cpl, and hit Enter.
  • Scroll through the list to find, and then select Windows Upgrade Assistant.
  • Click Uninstall on the command bar.

After this, navigate to the driver where you have installed Windows. It’s usually C Drive. Look for a folder named as Windows10Upgrade. Delete it, and empty the Recycle bin. Restart your computer, and hopefully, this should fix your problem.

Delte Windows 10 upgrade Folder

It is possible that Windows might just install this program again by itself. So make sure to check once a while, and if it appears in the list again, just uninstall it.

2] Keep killing Windows Update Assistant

Now since the first method might just become too much of a headache, this solution can keep killing the Windows Update service everytime it runs. It is a script which kills it and makes sure no progress is made to upgrade the system.

Open Notepad, copy the script mentioned below, and save it on your desktop:

@echo off
:Loop
taskkill /im Windows10UpgraderApp.exe /f
taskkill /im SetupHost.exe /f
goto Loop

Save the file as, say,  WUAKiller.bat.

After this, right-click on the file, and run it as Administrator. You may see the command prompt once, and then it will minimize.

To make sure it stays hidden, follow our guide on how to Run Batch Files silently. Don’t kill this bat file from anywhere including Task Manager.

3] Stop Update Orchestrator Service

Disable Windows Orchestrator Service

The Update Orchestrator Service manages Windows Update. It manages Windows Updates. If stopped, your devices will not be able download and install latest udpates.

If the upgrade assistant is annoying you a lot, it is best to stop this service. While we do not recommend you stop updates on Windows 10, it’s only when you understand that there is no other way out. Make sure to update your device when you have resolved the problem for which you decided to disable it.

  • Open Services.msc by typing in the same in the search bar.
  • Scroll to find Update Orchestrator Service.
  • Click on Stop.

You might not be able to change the Startup Type from Automatic to Manual or Disabled, but stopping the service should do the job for you.

In the end, I will again plug my point that Windows Updates are important and never disable the Update Assistant permanently. You should do it only when the situation is tough, and there is nothing else you can do about it. It is always a good practice to figure out the exact cause of the problem, especially when it is a major update of Windows.

It is also a good practice if you want to delay the update for a while unless a more stable version is rolled out by Microsoft. Use this tip in that case.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

2 Comments

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    Having an ‘infinite loop’ batch file running forever in the background doesn’t strike me as a very good idea. You could always locate the relevant program files, and using the Security tab in File Properties remove ‘Execute’ permission from every user.

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