Classic Windows Update UI in Windows 10

December 2016

In Windows 10, Microsoft has slimmed down the Control Panel and relocated many of the system settings to the new Settings menu. For example, if you would like to configure Windows Update settings, the only solution is to go to Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update.

The new Windows Update UI is lacking a lot of features when compared to its predecessor, but fortunately there is a simple registry tweak to get the Classic Windows Update UI back in the Control Panel.

Warning: This feature has been permanently removed from Windows 10 Build 9926 onwards. If you would like to learn how to rollback to a previous version of Windows, please read our How To Revert to an Earlier Build of Windows 10.

Display Windows Update Option in Windows 10 Control Panel

Open the Registry Editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX:

Double click on IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled and change its value to:

- 0: Switch to the classic Windows Update UI (Control Panel > Windows Update).
- 1: Switch to the default Window Update UI:

Click on OK to save your changes and then close the Registry Editor.

The classic Windows Update UI has been restored to its original location in the Control Panel. You will find it in Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Windows Update.

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