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Disable Windows 8 App Updates Download and Install Automatically

Steps to prevent / stop / disable / restrict Windows Store automatically downloads and installs updates for all Modern (aka Metro) apps in Windows 8 and later.

Solution 1: Using Windows Store Settings with user login to Microsoft Windows Live email ID

  1. Windows Store > press WIN+C keys > Settings > App updates
  2. Set Automatically update my apps option to No.

Note: You can manually update Store apps by click on Check for updates option.

Solution 2: Using Registry Editor for user without login to Microsoft Windows Live email ID

  1. Type regedit in RUN or Start search box and press Enter to open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsStore\WindowsUpdate
  3. Change DWORD AutoDownload value to 2 to disable automatic app updates.
  4. Log off and restart computer to take effect.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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