Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 7

Posted on April 2, 2013 by Dan Doicaru in Windows Category

In this tip you will learn how to turn off Windows Update by normal settings or turn off the entire service to save a little more RAM.

Difficulty: Easy

Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 7

If you want to disable the Windows Automatic Update you first need to know few things.

The Good Thing about Windows Update

Windows Automatic Update will keep your computer up to date with the latest drivers and security issues fixed.

The Bad Thing about Windows Update

Windows is installing always some extra updates that you really don't need them in your computer. As the Windows will work faster and longer without those updates, you will notice that after updates Windows will respond a little slower and so on by every update done.

So, Windows Update is good and bad, what to do next?

If you did a fresh Windows install, new updates will come through. It is recommended to run the Windows Update first, to download all the necessary drivers and issues fixes, before disabling it.

Now that you know all these things, is time to learn how to turn off Windows Update.

Turn Off Windows Update by Settings

Go to Start Menu - All Programs - Windows Update.

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From the left menu bar, select "Change Settings.

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And now you can disable Windows Automatic Updates, by selecting "Never check for updates". Automatic Scan for Updates will be disables, but the service is still active. To turn off all Windows Update Services check the steps a little below.

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Turn Off Windows Update Services

To completely disable Windows Update, go to Start Menu and type on search bar "services.msc".

Search for Windows Update Service and double click it.

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Now you can first Stop the Windows Update Service, then you can select from the drop down list to disable the service completely from opening every time and also you saved some RAM.

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If you want to enable Windows Update again, start the service and select Automatic (Delayed Start) from the list.

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