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Permanently disable Windows Update in Windows 7: How to stop windows 7 automatic update completely?

Updated on November 14, 2011

Windows Update in Windows 7 is important for better functioning of Windows and for improving the security and the reliability of the system. To save the Internet bandwidth usage or other purpose, you may need to stop Windows 7 automatic update. Like me, lots of people are searching this techniques everyday but most of the time they failed to stop windows 7 automatic update completely. This page tells you the way to stop complete updates of Windows 7using two simple methods. Remember, you must have to apply both the two methods to stop complete update of Windows 7. Just apply and disable complete windows update in Windows 7.

Permanently disable Windows Update in Windows 7:

Follow the following two methods to permanently and completely disable Windows Update in Windows 7:

Method 1: Disable Complete Windows Update in Windows Update Center

Follow the following steps to stop Windows update in Windows 7 from Windows Update Center:

Step 1: Click on the Start Menu (i.e. Windows menu) and click on Control Panel. In the Control Panel, you will find Windows Update and just click on it.

Step 2: From the Windows Update window right click at Change settings to access the settings of Windows 7 and you will access the update settings page of Windows 7.

Step 3: Click on Important updates section and from the drop-down menu select Never check for updates and unchecked the options Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates and and finally click on OK button.

Permanently disable Windows Update in Windows 7 [Step 3]
Permanently disable Windows Update in Windows 7 [Step 3]

After completing the above steps, you will get a popup message on the right side of your taskbar like Windows Update is turned off. Done! By following the above method you just disable the automatic Windows update on Windows 7.

Just playing the above method, does not help you to completely stop windows 7 automatic update completely. If you just do the above method, you never can stop windows 7 automatic update completely. So, we now have to apply the method 2 to completely stop Windows update on Windows 7.

Method 2: Disable Complete Windows Update in Windows 7 from Administrative Tools

Before applying the method 2, we recommended to do all the steps of Method 1. After completing the above steps of Method 1, follow the following steps to stop complete Windows update in Windows 7 from administrative tools.

Step 1: Click on Windows icon and click on Control Panel and find the Administrative Tools and just click on it.

Step 2: From the Administrative Tools window, find the Services option. Double-click on Services and just wait few seconds. A new window will be opened where you find all the services of Windows 7.

Step 3: Scroll down the services of Windows 7 and find Windows Update and double click on it and Windows Update Properties(Local Computer) window will be opened. From there, go to Startup type and from the drop-down menu select Disabled. Now, you should have to stop the Service status by simply clicking Stop button and wait until the Service status would be Stopped. At last click the OK button and now Windows Update is disabled completely.

This is the brief instructions to disable complete Windows Update in Windows 7. In the web, you may find lots of well written tutorial to stop windows update in Windows 7 where only the first method is discussed. And most of the people just apply that. But all of them failed to completely disable the updates of Windows 7. But my goal is to tell you the complete methods to do it. So, hopefully following the above tutorial and methods, you will be able to stop/disable windows 7 automatic update completely. Furthermore, if you face any difficulties to do so, please mention that in the comment section.

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      pc user 

      6 years ago

      There is a 3d and 4d method. Dive into the registry and add some registry keys to permanently stop updates. Block outgoing connections to microsoft update servers.

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      wyoung1977 

      6 years ago from Alabama

      "Windows Update in Windows 7 is important for better functioning of Windows and for improving the security and the reliability of the system. To save the Internet bandwidth usage or other purpose, you may need to stop Windows 7 automatic update."

      You don't have to totally disable the update service to save bandwidth usage or stop automatic downloads. There is a setting if you notice "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them." Just checking for updates uses little bandwidth (probably less than the average web surfer uses in one session anyway) and why would you want to potentially expose yourself to malware?

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      rancidTaste 

      7 years ago

      It's my pleasure that this information is helpful to you. Thanks smcopywrite for your own expression.

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      smcopywrite 

      7 years ago from all over the web

      extremely useful information. thank you

    • rancidTaste profile imageAUTHOR

      rancidTaste 

      7 years ago

      Thank you madhupnair for your comment as you like this page.

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      madhupnair 

      7 years ago from Surat, India

      It is a wonder helpful article.

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