How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7)

How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7)

How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) And Delete Downloaded Update Files

If your computer takes much time while starting due to regularly downloaded windows updates, then, this guide will show you how to stop those updates. When automatic updates are turned on, the computer downloads updates automatically when its connected to the internet. When you restart the computer, the downloaded updates starts installing. This sometimes slows the booting process. So you need to make sure automatic windows updates are turned off.

DISABLE OR STOP AUTOMATIC UPDATES IN SERVICES.

Click start menu button. (Or press windows logo button on your keyboard. This is a shortcut to access start menu)

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Click start menu button.
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Click start menu button.


Open the Control Panel.
Choose System and Security.

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Choose System and Security.
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Choose System and Security.


Choose Administrative Tools.

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Choose Administrative Tools.
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Choose Administrative Tools.


Open the Services icon.

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Open the Services icon.
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Open the Services icon.


Locate “Windows Update”.

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Locate Windows Update
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Locate Windows Update


Click the Name column heading at the top, to ensure that the services are sorted alphabetically. (Sort by order descending to make windows update appear at the top.)
Double-click “Windows Update” to open its Properties dialog box.
Choose Disabled as the Startup type.
By choosing Disabled Option, you prevent “Windows Update” process from starting when the computer starts.

Also click stop button

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Properties dialog box
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Properties dialog box

Click Apply.
Click OK to confirm your settings and close the dialog box.

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - choosing Disabled Option
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – choosing Disabled Option


After disabling a service, restart Windows.
When the system restarts, try it out for a while to ensure that its working well.
If there is a problem revert the settings.

Start>Run>Services.msc>"Windows Updates > Double-Click and click dropdown box, select "Disabled" then click "Stop" Then click Ok.

TURN OFF WINDOWS UPDATE IN WINDOWS SETTINGS.

Click start menu button.

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Click start menu button.
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Click start menu button.


Choose Control Panel.
click “System and Security”.

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Choose System and Security.
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Choose System and Security.


Select “Windows Update” option under System and Security Windows

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Choose Windows Update.
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Choose Windows Update.


Select “Change Settings” on the left pane.

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Select Change Settings
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Select Change Settings


On dropdown menu select “Never check for updates(Not Recommended)” Option.

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - On dropdown menu select Never check for updates.
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – On dropdown menu select Never check for updates.


Save your changes by clicking “OK” button.

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Save your changes by clicking OK.
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Save your changes by clicking OK.

REMOVING DOWNLOADED, BUT NOT INSTALLED WINDOWS UPDATES.

If you want to remove downloaded but not installed windows updates:
Click Start Menu.
Search “%windir%\SoftwareDistribution”.

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Search windir SoftwareDistribution
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Search windir SoftwareDistribution


When SoftwareDistribution folder appears select it and click OK (Enter).

 How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) - Open the Download folder and select all the files
How to Completely Disable Automatic Windows Update (Windows 7) – Open the Download folder and select all the files


Open the Download folder and select all the files ,then right click and choose delete from the menu.

Start > Search > (type) %windir%\SoftwareDistribution > OK(Enter) > "download" folder > delete all the content inside.

Shortcut to download folder

C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download

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