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How To Disable Automatic Download Of Windows 8 & 8.1 Store App Updates?

Aug 11, 2014

In Windows 8 & 8.1, the apps that you have downloaded from the Windows App Store are set to automatically update whenever new version is available. It’s true that this feature can save your time and reduce manual efforts in order to update all your apps, but if you don’t have unlimited data plans this can drain your monthly limits very quickly. That’s why, this tutorial will show you how to disable Windows 8 Apps' automatic updates. To get started follow the steps below:

Step 1: On your keyboard press the Win+R buttons to launch the Run window.

Step 2: Inside Run window type gpedit.msc and press Enter on your keyboard.

Step 3: If you got prompted by UAC click Yes in order to continue.

Step 4: When the new window opens up, inside the left pane, follow this path:
Local Group Policy EditorComputer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsStore

Step 5: With Store selected, inside the right pane double-click on Turn off Automatic Download of updates.

Step 6: A new window will open up where you have to change the default value from Not Configured to Enabled.

Step 7: Click OK to save your changes and restart your computer.

From now on your apps downloaded from Windows Store won’t update automatically and you can launch their updates manually whenever you want.