How to stop/remove Skype update permanently

How to stop/remove Skype update permanently

Have you ever wonder why the Skype programmer wanted this program up-to-date?

Skype update notification popup
The reason is to remove some minor bugs and to make the program perform better.

But the result after updating is that it only leads to a lagging video when using the Video Call feature, it’s also lag when typing text at the message box when using video call.  This is based on my experience upon using this program.

Aside from that, there’s an annoying popup that keeps on reminding the user to update the program whenever they have an available updates.  Damn!
Here we go.

1.  Sign-in your account.

2.  Close the update notification popup (if there’s any).
3.  Then go to Tools > Options then select Advanced tab.
4.  Select “Automatic updates”(1), click “Turn off automatic updates”(2) button and click “Save”(3) button.  See the picture below.
Automatic updates window

5.  Sign-out.

6.  Go to Start > type cmd then right-click & select “Run as administrator”.
7.  Type “sc delete SkypeUpdate” without the quotes.  See picture below.
CMD console window
8.  Go to Start > type %temp% and press Enter.
9.  Search and delete the file “SkypeSetup.exe”.  See picture below.

User Temp folder

10.  Lastly, and this is the most important part!  Before doing the steps below, be sure that your UAC(User Account Control) slider has been set to “Never”.

  • Go to Run > type “%systemroot%\System32\drivers\etc\” without quotes.
  • Open notepad.exe then drag & drop the file named host.
  • Add these text “” below the last line of your host file.
  • Save and Exit.  Done!
  • Note:  You can’t download Skype manually by using this technique!
    If you want to download from in the future, you need to remove this line from the hosts file.   Or else, use either of the procedures below.
  • Go to Run > type regedit.
  • Then go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Policies
  • Right-click on Policies then select New > Key then type “Skype”, without quotes.
  • Right-click on newly created Skype key then select New > Key then type “Phone”, without quotes.
  • Right-click on newly created Phone subkey then select New > “DWORD (32-bit) Value” then type “DisableVersionCheck”, no quotes.
  • Double-click the newly created DisableVersionCheck value and in Value data: type “1”,  no quotes.
  • Close Registry Editor.  Done!
    • Open notepad then type the lines below.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


  • Save as “skype.reg”, with quotes
  • Double-click the file skype.reg and accept all popup.
  • Done!

This tutorial is tested and created using the Skype version

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