Enable the “Set as metered connection” option on the properties page.
This option only affects the Wi-Fi network you’re currently editing, but Windows will remember this setting for each individual Wi-Fi network on which you change it.
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Windows 10 is okay about this, since it lets you set a 12 hour window called “Active Hours” in which it won’t automatically reboot.
We’ll download the updates as soon as you connect to Wi-Fi, or you can download the updates using your data connection (charges may apply.)” By marking a connection as metered, you’ve tricked Windows into thinking it’s a mobile data connection–for example, you might be tethering your PC to your smartphone.
You can take some control over this and have Windows 10 install updates on your schedule, but these options are hidden.
For example, you can choose “Auto download and notify for install” or “Notify for download and notify for install.” Save the change.
Visit the Windows Update pane, click “Check for updates,” and then select “Advanced options.” You should see your new setting enforced here.
Windows Update really wants to automatically update on Windows 10.
Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10 have access to group policy and registry settings for this, but even Home editions of Windows 10 give you a way to stop updates from automatically downloading.