Turn Off Automatic App Updates in Windows 8.1

Microsoft has begun testing of its next-generation operating system. Code named “Blue”, the OS was rolled out in Preview (beta) mode as Windows 8.1. A lot has changed, much of which you have likely heard already — Start button, boot to desktop and more are all present in the latest version, as is better SkyDrive integration.

But what about the much-maligned Start screen? Many customer wish to not have apps automatically update. Now, Windows 8.1 aims to change that as well, with an array of new options to help customize the OS.

One of the new features in the Windows App Store in version 8.1 is the automatic updating of any apps you install from the store, and this is set by default, but it is not your only option. It is a sensible option — after all, who does not want an update to any app they are using?

There are reasons to disable this, however. For instance, I have a tendency to hold off on updates of all sorts until each has been vetted to make sure it causes no issue with any computer.

So, here are the steps for carrying this process out in the new Windows.

1. You will need to begin from the new Start screen that debuted in Windows 8. As you likely know, the Windows Store is a prominent live tile here, and it displays a number if there are apps in need of an update — the number corresponding with the amount of apps in wont of said upgrade.

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2. Open up the Charms menu (top or bottom right corner of the screen) and select “App Updates”.

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3. On the App updates page just turn off the “Automatically update to my apps” by tapping the Yes button and turning it into a “No”.

You will still be able update your apps, but you will not need to so manually. As I stated previously, this is not a bad thing, especially for those paranoid about potential poblems that may lurk behind those updates.

As for Windows 8.1, it is expected tomoved to RTM (released to manufacturer) sometime in August. The upgrade will be free and a simple install for those already running Windows 8. As for early adopters like myself, the update will require a fresh install — the price to pay for such beta testing.

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