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In this guide, learn how to disable 'Updates are available, Required updates need to be downloaded' popup after blocking automatic updates in Windows 10.

We all know that Windows Updates are downloaded automatically, by default. We’ve also shared this Group Policy workshop to prevent automatic updates in Windows 10:

How to block automatic Windows Updates in Windows 10

But after blocking automatic updates via Group Policy, Windows still checks and notify for updates. Thus following popup, saying ‘Updates are available, Required updates need to be downloaded‘ keeps appearing whenever you connect to the Internet on your system.

How To Disable Updates Are Available In Windows 10

This popup is so annoying that it blocks all the space on screen. You can only click on View updates button or press Esc key which launches Windows Updates section in Settings app, which is further annoying. So all these sequence of events leaves you with Settings app opened, which you’ve to close and then you can return to what you’re doing.

If you’re also feeling irritated with Updates are available popup/message, this article will help you for sure. Here’s how you can block the popup easily, by working with permissions.

How To Disable ‘Updates Are Available’ In Windows 10

1. Press W8K + R keys and type %Windir%\System32 in Run, click OK.

How To Disable Updates Are Available In Windows 10

2. In System32 folder locate these two files:

  • musnotification.exe
  • musnotificationux.exe

3. Right click musnotification.exe file and select Properties.

How To Disable Updates Are Available In Windows 10

4. On the property sheet, switch to Security tab, click Advanced.

How To Disable Updates Are Available In Windows 10

5. Next, in the Advanced Security Settings window, click Change link against Owner and follow steps to take ownership of file.

How To Disable Updates Are Available In Windows 10

6. Once the ownership is taken and you’re the owner, click Apply, OK.

How To Disable Updates Are Available In Windows 10

7. Now click on Edit button for the window shown in step 4, and click Add.

How To Disable Updates Are Available In Windows 10

8. Moving on, in Select Users or Groups, type Everyone and click Check Names. Click OK then.

How To Disable Updates Are Available In Windows 10

9. Now back in the Permissions sheet, for Group or user names, select Everyone and click Deny for all the options. Click Apply followed by OK.

How To Disable Updates Are Available In Windows 10

10. Perform steps 3-9 for musnotificationux.exe file as well.

Once you’re done, the popup saying Updates are available should be blocked.

FYI: If later you want to enable the popup, open administrative Command Prompt and run following commands one-by-one:

cd /d "%Windir%\System32"
icacls musnotification.exe /remove:d Everyone
icacls musnotification.exe /grant Everyone:F
icacls musnotification.exe /setowner "NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller"
icacls musnotification.exe /remove:g Everyone
icacls musnotificationux.exe /remove:d Everyone
icacls musnotificationux.exe /grant Everyone:F
icacls musnotificationux.exe /setowner "NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller"
icacls musnotificationux.exe /remove:g Everyone

That’s it!


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