Disable Windows Update

I want to decide on my own when to update the system, not to be pestered in the most inappropriate moments. I want to have control over what’s going on, not being left at the mercy of some huge downloads running in the background without me even being asked.

They will convince you that it’s absolutely crucial for your safety but it won’t save you anyhow unless you act cautiously in the cyberworld.

However, in some cases, you might need to install the updates to fix some bug or implement support for some new feature. If you can afford to spend about half an hour after a fresh Windows installation then go with installing all the updates first and disable it only after the process is over. Either way, it’s good to wait for a little while and put up with a couple more rebootings if you have just finished installing virgin Windows. There might be some drivers or important parts handling of which can be tied to Windows Update.

On the other hand, if you don’t hurry to disable it early enough you’d rather be prepared for having some huge cumulative update downloaded already in the background which is not what I would recommend. Strange though it may sound, I’ve found that the system is running more swiftly if the Updates installation has been avoided altogether right from the start.

Well, I am contradicting myself here so now you don’t actually know what to do. What I would suggest is that you try to disable the Updates immediately after the desktop appears as a very first step, then install all the drivers manually, or at least the chipset and graphics drivers, and just give it while and observe if there’s anything that might prevent you from being happy. The less goes into the system the better.

In order to get rid of the hassle for good you will need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows key + r –> Type “services.msc” without quotes and hit Enter. (By far the easiest way to get there.)

    Or alternatively, if you want to get there through a complicated way then go to Control Panel –> Click on the tiny arrow to the right of the “Control Panel” in the address bar (If you can’t see the arrow try to close and reopen Control Panel again or just click on the “Control Panel” text in the address bar) –> Select All Control Panel Items from the drop down menu (see the screenshot) –> Now click on Administrative Tools –> And finally double-click Services.

  2. Once in the “Services” window, scroll all the way down and double-click on Windows Update –> Next to “Startup type” select Disabled from the dropdown menu and click OK.

  3. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end here. The service would still be running in the background. In order to prevent that:
    Press Windows key + r –> Type “gpedit.msc” without quotes and hit Enter.

  4. Navigate to Computer Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Windows Update (at the bottom) –> Configure Automatic Updates.

  5. Tick the • Disabled bullet and hit OK. (Close Local Group Policy Editor, obviously.)

Congratulations, you can now live on happily ever after without the pesky updates. Remember, you can always enable it back in Services and update the system whenever it suits you if you find it necessary for whatever reason. But I bet you won’t do that. Note that in such case you will only need to enable and start Windows Update temporarily in Services, meaning that you don’t need to go to Group Policy Editor again.

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