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Solved How to stop Windows auto updates

April 18, 2013 at 01:13:12
Specs: Windows 7

How do I stop an auto update in progress after I have shut down. MY only option seems to be to pull the plug.

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April 19, 2013 at 04:59:36

Yeah, i know that its too panic to wait for Auto Updation, but how many times you plug off the PC.

My suggestion is to allow updating for one time, it takes time but you should wait to complete for one time. Then after update has been complete, then turn off the Automatic Updates from Control Panel



#1
April 18, 2013 at 01:57:22

You don't, you let it continue. To interrupt an update process once it has started could corrupt your system and leave in an unstable state.

You can configure Windows Update to download only and allow you to install them at your convenience,

Stuart


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#2
April 18, 2013 at 05:15:50

I agree with Stuart. Interrupting that process will surely corrupt your Windows installation.

I set my computer to notify me that updates are available. When it is convenient, I review them and download/ install those I choose.


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#3
April 18, 2013 at 05:48:06

If the plug you pull is the phone, network, or cable connection,
then there shouldn't be a problem with stopping it that way.
The process must be designed to handle such interruptions
because they happen all the time. Then you need to figure
out how to prevent it from resuming once you reconnect.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
April 18, 2013 at 07:08:40

I think the OP is referring to stopping the update once it has been download and is being applied by pulling the power cable. If you attempt to shut down Windows while an update is being applied to get a warning not to turn of your computer until it is complete.

Downloading the update and applying it are two completely separate processes. It is not applied until the download is complete because of the possibility of interruptions to the download. So pulling the netwrok connection will not achieve much at all.

If you were to shut down while the update was still downloading there would not be a problem and the computer would just shut down as normal. There would be bo need to pull the plug.

Stuart


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#5
April 18, 2013 at 07:58:27

StuartS

I read the original post the same way you did.

Pulling the plug on the computer while Windows is running is asking for trouble even if not updates are being applied.


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#6
April 18, 2013 at 18:47:28

Thank you all for advice.
I learned a long time ago that it was best to set the update option to 'advise only' but just this week I had two pleas for help from friends whose updates were running and just would not stop, ie the message about not closing remained on all night. Not that it was possible to close anyway. I told both users to pull the plug, start up again and reset their update option. So far I have had no screams for help.

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#7
April 18, 2013 at 21:43:56

In that case there was probably something else wrong to begin with. It should not take more than ten minutes or so to install updates - all night is ridiculous.

Stuart


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#8
April 19, 2013 at 04:59:36
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Yeah, i know that its too panic to wait for Auto Updation, but how many times you plug off the PC.

My suggestion is to allow updating for one time, it takes time but you should wait to complete for one time. Then after update has been complete, then turn off the Automatic Updates from Control Panel


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