In this post, learn how to prevent Windows 10 from connecting Windows Update internet locations after specifying intranet Microsoft update service location.

In our previous guide, we’ve seen how to specify intranet Microsoft update service location. When you specify local server or service to provide updates to Windows, still there is a possibility that Windows will check for updates via public update service periodically. This is done to ensure future connections to Windows Update and other Microsoft services or Store app.

If you like to prevent Windows 10 from connecting public Windows Update service periodically, you can configure its setting as described in this article. For this, you need to perform the simple registry manipulation mentioned below.

Prevent Windows 10 From Connecting Windows Update Internet Locations

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and type regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

Prevent Windows 10 From Connecting Windows Update Internet Locations

3. Now in the right pane of WindowsUpdate registry key, right click in blank space, select New > DWORD Value. Name the newly created registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) as DoNotConnectToWindowsUpdateInternetLocations. This registry DWORD can be used to allow/prevent Windows 10 from connecting Windows Update Internet locations. Double click on this registry DWORD to modify its Value data.

NOTE: If you can’t add/modify DWORD for WindowsUpdate registry key, please refer this article to take ownership of the registry key.

Prevent Windows 10 From Connecting Windows Update Internet Locations

4. Finally, set the Value data to 1 and click OK . Close Registry Editor and reboot the machine to make changes effective.

To restore back the default behaviour later, i.e. allow Windows 10 to connect Windows Update service periodically, restore DoNotConnectToWindowsUpdateInternetLocations to 0.

FYI: Above mentioned registry manipulation will only work, if you’ve specified intranet Microsoft update service location. The registry change will enable Do not connect to any Windows Update Internet locations GPO setting. This may cause the connection to public services such as the Windows Store to stop working.

That’s it!

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