How to stop automatic Windows update

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I have Windows 8.1. Currently any updates are downloaded automatically during the day when it eats up my data usage. I need to set a specific early morning time to prevent using my data. How is that accomplished?
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Laurel Treat

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you can't. if you have liberty, there is no time when downloads don't eat your data. when it is gone it is gone
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With Windows 8.1 and earlier, the only viable built-in option is to configure Windows Update (Control Panel, Windows Update) as shown below:



This allows you to choose when to manually select and download updates as they become available (you get a notification) at a time that's convenient for you - those having plans with a free zone typically choose to do so during the free zone or maybe defer to  the end of the month when having data to spare. I suppose Liberty Plan subscribers might just defer until their priority data is exhausted and manually download during non-peak usage hours.

Note that the install new updates time only impacts the time they are installed and not when they are downloaded. That option only applies when choosing automatic updates (as shown above the option is disabled for other update choices).
    
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Thank you for your answer.  When I select "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them", I'm not seeing the "Install new updates" option underneath so I'm unable to select the time.  Will that option become available when I'm asked to download?