Disable Automatic App Updates in Windows 8.1

Posted by Britt Duncan - August 19, 2014

We need to manually update the Windows applications in Windows 8. In order to enable users to update the outdated apps quickly and expediently, Windows 8.1has a feature that is to automatically download and install updates to all Windows apps. But sometimes, some of computer users need to turn off Automatic updates to Windows apps to carry out other activities. Today’s tutorial will show you how to disable the Automatic App Updates.

To disable the Automatic App Updates, you are required to log into the operating system with your Microsoft Account. Then open Windows Store on your start screen. Press Ctrl + C keys to open Charms bar, and click Change settings. Select App Updates.

Look at Automatically update my apps, use the cursor to move the slider to the left. Then Automatically update my apps will be disabled.

If you don’t have a Microsoft Account, you can turn off the Automatic App Updates via Local Group Policy.

Open the Run, and type gpedit.msc to the box. Click Ok button.

Navigate to the following location:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Store

Then double-click on Turn off Automatic Download of updates on Win8 machines in the right pane.
Check the Enable, and click Apply > OK.

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TESTED:  20 Jun