Microsoft has introduced a host of new features with Windows 8.1 update. There are well over 50 cool features in the latest version of Windows operating system. One of them is automatic app updates, a feature that will help users who have installed hundreds of apps from the Store.
Unlike Windows 8, in Windows 8.1, you don’t need to manually download and install updates for installed Modern apps. Windows 8.1 automatically downloads all available updates for installed updates and installs them for you. In simple words, this feature updates all installed apps to the latest available version.
That means, unlike in Windows 8, the Store tile on the Start screen doesn’t show you available updates and it automatically updates all apps to the latest available version.
Even though this is a fantastic feature and it’s advisable to keep this feature turned on in order to effortlessly update apps, users who prefer to go through change log before updating installing updates might want to disable automatic app updates feature.
NOTE: Turning off automatic app updates stops automatically installing app updates and doesn’t prevent installing Windows updates. Also note that this feature in no way affects desktop applications.
Step 1: Switch to the Start screen and click or tap Store tile open Windows Store.
Step 2: Move the mouse cursor to the upper-right or lower-right corner of the screen to see the Charms bar and then click or tap Settings to reveal the Settings charm. If you on a touch device, swipe-in from the right-edge of the screen to see the Charms bar.
Step 3: Here, click or tap App updates to see App updates page.
Step 4: Turn off the option titled Automatically update my apps to disable this feature. That’s it! From here on, Windows will not automatically update installed apps and you will need to manually update apps.
And if you want to prevent users from accessing Windows Store and installing apps, you can do so by disabling Windows Store in Windows 8/8.1.