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How to Enable/Disable Windows Defender and Automatic update in Windows

This Post describes how to enable and disable Windows Defender and Automatic Updates in the Windows 10 operating system. If you are using Windows 10 or Windows 8, then it is essential for you to read this post because Windows Defender and Automatic Updates are in both versions of  Window. 

About Windows Defender and how to Enable/Disable it?

Windows Defender is a free Antivirus from Microsoft. It is already installed in Windows Defender Windows 10 and Windows 8 OS, and you can install it in another computer too. If you want to use Windows Defender in Windows 7, then click on this link - Click Here To Download Windows Defender. 

Why Enable Or Disable Windows Defender?

1.) To make the computer free from viruses, you will get free versions of antivirus, but we don't whether these free antivirus will protect our computer from viruses and whether these free antivirus versions provide real-time protection to our computer. If we do not have any genuine antivirus, then you should use Windows Defender because it is a free and excellent antivirus and protect your computer from virus, pop up, virus attack or any activities, in simple words. So it works like a computer antivirus and keeps your computer and laptop secure and safe.

2.) If you are using any other genuine and best antivirus then windows defender, then you should disable Windows Defender because it uses more resources of our computer, which then starts hanging our computer.

So, if you want to know how Windows Defender is enabled and disabled in Windows 10, then read our post full till the end.

Steps to Enable/Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10

Step 1: First, you have to type regedit in the search box and then click on the regedit option.

Step 2: Now after Registry Editor is opened, click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

Step 3:  After Clicking on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, click on the "SOFTWARE" option. 

Step 4: After Clicking on SOFTWARE, Click on Policy Option

Step 5: After Clicking on Policy option, Click on the Microsoft Option.

Step 6: After clicking on Microsoft Option, Click on Windows Defender Option.

Step 7: Under Windows Defender Option, Now go to Right Side and right-click on the space and then click on "New" and click "DWORD" (32bit) Value.

Step 8: After that, there will be a new Registry Created, whom you have to rename it to DisableAntiSpyware.

Step 9: Now you have to double click on that registry and write 1 in the Value Data and click on OK button.

Step 10: Now you can go to Update & Security in Settings and can check that Windows Defender is disabled.

If you want to enable Windows Defender again, delete the registry that you just created.

In this way, you can Enable/Disable Automatic Windows Defender using the above methods.

About Automatic Updates and how to Enable/Disable it?

Automatic Windows Update runs in Background in Windows Operating System. This software and drivers get downloaded and updated without our permission. These automatic updates consume a large amount of internet data, that can be frustrating sometimes. But we can enable/disable these updates.

Steps to Disable / Turn off Windows Automatic Updates on Windows 10

Step 1: Type Admin in the Search Box and then click on the Administrative Tools option.

Step 2: Then click on Computer Management Option in the next screen.

Step 3: After clicking on Computer Management, click on Services and Applications.

Step 4:  After clicking on Services and Applications, click on Services.

Step 5: Scroll down and click on the Windows Update Option.

Step 6: A Dialog Box will be open an in which you have to first click on Stop Button.

Step 7: Now click on the Startup Type and select an option.

You can choose Disabled Option to Disable the Automatic Windows Update.

Step 8: After choosing the Disabled option, click on Apply Button and then click OK Button.

This was the first method, and now we will tell you the second method.

2. Second Method to Disable / Turn off Windows Automatic Updates on Windows 10

Step 1: Type gpedit.msc in Run Command Prompt and click on OK button.
Press Windows + R Key together to open the Run Command Prompt.

Step 2: Click on the Administrative Templates option.

Step 3: After clicking on the Administrative Templates, click on Windows Components.

Step 4: Click on the Windows Update Option.

Step 5: After Clicking on Windows Update  Option, click on Configure Automatic Update.

Step 6: Now select Disabled Option to turn off Automatic Windows Update, then click on  Apply, and again click on OK Button.

So in this way, you can disable Automatic Window Update using any of the above methods.

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