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How to disable automatic updates for Windows Store Apps

by AshwinAugust 8, 2015

Now that you have upgraded to Windows 10, you may be intrigued by one of the most important components of the operating system, the Windows Store.

Windows-Store-Settings-Automatic-Updates

Microsoft’s online marketplace for apps and games has been around for a few years, since the days of Windows 8.

But Windows Store apps have been improved drastically, with the most important change being Windowed Store Apps. All apps from the store ran only in Fullscreen mode in Windows 8 and 8.1, regardless of screen size, much to the annoyance of the user.

The other noteable change, is that most of the apps in Windows 10 are available at the Windows Store. This includes core apps such as the Calculator, Mail and Calendar, and even the new browser, Microsoft Edge. This is actually pretty great, because Microsoft can now patch in more features as well as bug fixes for apps individually, and released updates for the same.

Now, not everything from Microsoft is a great boon. And the same can be said about the Windows Store itself. It suffers from one major flaw, in that Microsoft bundled several of its apps as pre-installed ones with Windows 10. This just ends up consuming precious space on the hard drive. What’s worse is that the Windows Store has automatic updates enabled by default.

So, it will download and install updates for apps automatically, for those apps that you use regularly, as well as for which you may not use, or even be aware of. This will be biting a chunk out of your internet’s bandwidth, and may even slowdown your browsing speed for a while (when the apps are being downloaded).

How to disable automatic updates for Windows Store Apps:

Click on the Windows Store icon on the Taskbar. If you have removed it, click on Start > All Apps > Store (or press Windows + S, and search for Store)

Now, click on your profile picture (next to the searchbar), and click on settings.

Windows-Store-Settings

The first option in the next screen, should be “Update apps automatically”.

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It is enabled by default, click on the toggle to turn it off.

Windows-Store-Settings-Automatic-Updates-Off

The only drawback to this method, is that you may need to manually check for updates once in a while, for updating apps that you use. Microsoft is yet to implement a notification system for the Windows Store app updates.

You can also read our other tutorials for Windows 10:

How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge.

How to pin apps to the Taskbar or Start in Windows 10.

How to change the default apps in Windows 10.

How to Downgrade to Windows 7 or 8 from Windows 10 easily.

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