How To Stop Automatic Updates In Windows 7

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Hi there ! I'm Aadamjamal.

I'm working in a small firm, a Computer training center, which has few computers. I have to show these computers for serving. Recently I installed,  Windows 7 on these PCs. But I face a problem, that Window 7 starts automatically updates.

For this reason I closed our Internet connection for a short  time. But I need a permanent solution. Please help me. How can I stop Windows 7 automatic update on our Office PC's. I want total solution.  How to close Windows 7 automatic update.

Thanks advance for everybody to solve my problem.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #107382

How To Stop Automatic Updates In Windows 7


The automatic update feature in Windows 7, is easily turned off. Microsoft will always caution you against taking this action. The updates are designed to update security features and install improvements. They can be very frustrating and create issues with VPN connections and other applications when they launch without warning.

A good general rule is to remember to manually run the updates at least once a month, especially if you are turning them off completely. The option I have used most often, in my office with multiple computers and applications that are being used is to set the update for weekly at times when the computers are not operating. I typically use a 2:00am or 3:00am setting. Once you have disabled the automatic updates, you will see a red balloon appear in the update announcing, "warning the computer may be at risk, automatic updates it turned off.". To close this alert just click on the X in the corner of the balloon. There is a way to change the default so that alert balloons do not appear.

To close  Windows alerts in the system tray you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Click on the area next to the notification center.
2. A window with all of the hidden icons will appear. Click customize.
3. View the action center. Select the option to hide icon and notifications.
4. Uncheck always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar.
5. Click ok.

To turn off and remove the alert center system icon complete the following steps.

1. Click Start.
2. Choose Control Panel.
3. Click on all Control Panel items.
4. Open systems icons.
5. Under alert center, select the drop down menu for behavior, and select off.
6. Click OK.

The following steps allow you to set the preferences for the automatic updates.

To access the settings you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Click start.
2. Choose control panel.
3. Click system and security.
4. Under the system and security link, click on the windows update link.
5. Select the option for turn automatic update off.
6. Click ok.

If you decide to run the automatic updates manually you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Click Start.
2. Choose Control Panel.
3. Click system and security.
4. Under the system and security link, click on the windows update link.
5. Select the option to check for updates in the pop up window in the center of the screen.
6. This will begin the setup wizard that will show you the detail of all updates and give you an option to complete the installation.

The only other thing to remember is, that many Windows updates also include your updates for Microsoft Office. Disabling the automatic updates also eliminates the critical updates in Office.  If you are using Microsoft Office and have turned your updates off, please remember to update this application manually as well. This will ensure that you are receiving your security patches and bug fixes.

This manual update can be completed in a few easy steps:

1. Click the Office button.
2. Click Word Options.
3. Click resources, click check for updates.
4. A browser window will open, showing the Microsoft update page.
5. Click express for all critical updates, or custom to select from a directory updates.
6. Follow the instructions for the updates.
7. Restart the computer.

There are a few additional steps that you will have, to set a routine schedule for. You will have the same success with your updates in doing this as you will, having them scheduled. This will prevent additional issues that the updates are causing with other applications that you may be using.

Answered By 200 points N/A #107383

How To Stop Automatic Updates In Windows 7

  •     Click Start
  •     Go to Control Panel
  •     Change the View by option into Large icons or Small icons
  •     Find the setting Windows Update. (It will be the last item)

Or else you can simply type this in the address bar of the control panel: Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsWindows Update

  •     In the left side panel you will find some options.  For your requirement, you must select the option Change settings.
  •     Then you will get a screen of saying Choose how Windows can install updates.
  •     Under the Important updates title there is a combo box.
  •     Select the option Never check for updates.  So the thing is done.

If you haven't got a licensed copy of Windows, it is recommended to use this option. Because sometimes Microsoft uses this automatic update thing to check whether  the user is using a pirated copy or a genuine one. If they identify that you are using a pirated copy, they will send you some notifications, which will cause a lot of trouble to your PC and mess them all up.

But if you have the licensed copy installed, it's not recommended because you will not get the maximum benefit of having the licensed one. If you think that automatically installing the updates give you some trouble, try to use options

  •     Check for updates, but let me choose whether to download and install them.
  •     Download updates, but let me choose whether to install them.

or else you can select the first option, Never check for updates, and whenever you have spare time, you can come to this place and check for updates and install it manually.

You can give you a schedule to install the updates, a time and the day.

And also a get a notification of recommended updates, the updates which an essential to Windows OS, critical fixes for Windows with new features, enhancements and many more. If you tick this check box you could choose to install important ones only, or recommended ones. Optional ones will not be able to installed automatically.

Windows update is a very useful feature, if you have the licensed copy of Windows. So don't worry to use it. So you don't have to search in the Microsoft for update online, it will automatically do it for you. There is no additional charge for this service. Windows automatic update does not interfere with the other uploads and always uploading behind the scene. If you are disconnected from the internet, it will pause and continue from the state, the next time you go online.

If the downloading is completed, it will install on your machine when you shut down.

But if you start running the PC in battery power, it will not install the update. It will only install when the machine is plugged into a power source.

You can view what are the installed updates from the Programs in the Control Panel.

Click the View installed updates from the heading Programs and Features.

Hope you got a clear idea about the automatic updates. And I guess you find the solution for your question.

Answered By 0 points N/A #107384

How To Stop Automatic Updates In Windows 7


Here are my tips to get rid of Windows Updates. There are lot of ways to stop the automatic updates from downloading on your PC. Try to configure the settings of Windows Update, so it won't download automatically.

  • The easiest way to change the settings of the Automatic updates from Windows, the best way to go  about it is to go click START > start search WINDOWS UPDATE and hit enter. Click on Change settings on the left pane and set the option you like to setup. You will see that, under Recommended updates, simply select Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates or either way choose Include recommended updates when downloading, installing or notifying me about updates — click on OK.
  • Try to setup Install updates automatically (recommended) setting on a specific date and time that you would like to download the update on the PC so you can watch over it.
  • Use Download updates but let me choose whether to install the setting, so the PC will be able to download it automatically but you have the option to choose what to specifically you want to install.
  • Use Check updates but let me choose whether to download and install them setting so in that way it won't automatically download and install on your PC.  You have the option to choose which to download and install.


  • You can choose, Never check for updates (not recommended) setting, so it will turn off completely, the scan for updates as well as downloading and installing it for you. These are the other advance option to turn off or configure Windows updates. These are not really common, if the PC is just for personal use.


  • Try to configure automatic updates Via GPO (Group policy). To do that you need to click on START > Run > gpedit.msc [OK] Right click on the Admin Templates and choose Add or Remove Templates > Add > click on WUAU.ADM in a folder called WindowsInf and Open and then Close it. Under Computer config, you need to click on Admin Templates to expand it and go to Windows Components then click Windows Update to expand it. To configure the setting double-click on Configure Updates (policy) and choose your preferred option.


  • You can also configure Windows update in the registry but just be careful. Click START > Run > Type in regedit [OK}. Find this hotkey exactly as it is. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdateAU Make a new DWORD for (UseWUServer and then set it to "1" for custom server update. Then open this hotkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate.  You need to make 2 brand new string values (WUStatusServer and WUServer) set its value to the custom server names for update and then Restart the PC.


  • This tips may only apply with PC that came with Windows Update Client V5.  To be able to configure the setting using this Client V5 you need to login with the Admin Account. Click Internet Explorer and configure the server for proxy. It will open CMD (Command Prompt) and execute this comand: proxycfg -u.


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