If you happen to be a Windows 10 Pro user then it’s only right and proper that you expect to have a little more power and functionality than those who are interacting with a Home version of Microsoft’s latest operating system. After all, what’s the point in going Pro if you don’t get a little more to sweeten the deal? Home users have already accepted their fate of being forced into having Windows 10 and Windows Store app updates automatically installed on their machines, but Pro users will be delighted to learn that the same rule doesn’t apply to them.
It’s fairly safe to say that large companies, such as Microsoft, often make some decisions that make sense to them but seem entirely obscure to the end-user. Not allowing users of Windows 10 Home edition to turn off automatic app updates seems like one of those bureaucratic decisions that we’ll never entirely understand.
Let’s not dwell on what is not, and concentrate on what actually is, by getting right into using the Windows 10 Pro native settings to quickly disable automatic updates for Windows 10 apps installed from Windows Store, and take back control off when or if an app gets an update.
Step 1: Launch the native Windows Store app that’s embedded within Windows 10.
Step 2: Click on your own individual profile icon that sits proudly in the top-right hand corner of the Windows Store app.
Step 3: Select the Settings option from the resulting contextual menu.
Step 4: Locate the ‘App updates‘ heading and use the toggle under the ‘Update apps automatically‘ header to turn the updates On or Off.
So there we have it, a simple, time effective way to take back a little control over how updates for Windows 10 apps are installed. For all of you Windows 10 Home owners out there who are cursing Microsoft over this decision, you have our deepest sympathies. For the time being it seems that the only way to actually introduce this simple functionality into your Windows 10 experience is to hand over an additional $100 to Satya Nadella’s company to upgrade Home to Windows 10 Pro.
Rather than fork out purely for this little ‘feature,’ we’d probably recommend exercising some patience and seeing if Microsoft changes its stance on this in a future update.
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