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How to Disable Windows Automatic Update

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  • The default setting in Windows XP is to have XP scan for updates automatically. If you follow a specific routine for your updates or if your connection doesn’t effectively support having this feature run automatically, disable it as follows:\r\n
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    • Click on Start menu button >> [Control Panel] >> [Performance and Maintenance] >> [System] >> select [Automatic Updates]
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    • New window will launched, click on Turn off automatic updates. I want to update my computer manually.
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    • Click on OK button to apply changes.
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Disable Windows Automatic Update
Disable Windows Automatic Update
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  • To Disable Automatic Update Service through Services MMC panel
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Note: It’s named as Windows Updates service in Windows Vista / Windows 7/ Windows Server 2008)

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    • Start menu button >> Control Panel>>  Administrative Tools >> Double click on Services OR
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    • Click on Start menu button >> click on Run >> type “services.msc” and click on OK button
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    • Windows Services Management Console window will launched, Scroll down for “Automatic Update” Service (in Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003).
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Note: It’s “Windows Update” services in Windows  (Vista/ Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008)

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    • Right click on “Automatic Update” services and stop it.
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You can also do the same thing at the command line by typing:\r\n

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net stop "automatic updates"

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    • To disable double click on service and change start up type to disabled and save.
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Disable Windows Automatic Update Service
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  • You can Disable Windows Automatic update through Group Policy too. It’s effective for domain environment.\r\n
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    • Click on Start >> Run >> Type “gpedit.msc” to bring up the group policy editor.
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    • Navigate to the folder: Local Computer Policy >> Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Windows UpdateLocal Computer Policy >> Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Windows Update
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    • Double Click on “Configure Automatic Updates” option
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    • New Window Will launch, select Disable “Automatic Option” and click on OK button to save.
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Note: You These setting will be effective on next reboot of your system.

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Disable Windows Automatic Update via Group Policy
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Disable Windows Automatic Update Via Group Policy