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How to disable automatic updates for Windows 7



How to disable automatic updates for Windows 7


Following the suggestions of your most trusted friend and expert in computer science some time ago you proceeded to activate automatic updates on your computer with Windows 7 installed. After a few weeks, however, you thought about it and decided to turn off automatic Windows 7 updates. However, if you find yourself here now, reading this guide, it is most likely because you do not have very clear ideas on what to do and would like to receive a little help in this regard. If this is indeed the case and if you need some advice to understand how to disable automatic updates for Windows 7, know that you have absolutely nothing to worry about … you can count on me in all respects!

Before you can scare yourself and think about the worst, however, I would like to point out right away that, contrary to appearances, deactivating automatic Windows 7 updates is actually very simple and that you do not need to be a genius for new technologies to do this.

Having clarified this, if you are therefore interested in understanding how to proceed in order to disable automatic Windows 7 updates, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time, sit comfortably in front of your computer and focus carefully on the information I am about to give you. I’m sure you’ll eventually be ready to loudly claim that turning off automatic Windows 7 updates was actually a breeze.

Note: Updating your computer is a fundamental operation to keep it always safe and at maximum performance. So, if you disable automatic updates, remember to “manually” carry out the various updates available.

If you are interested in understanding how to disable automatic updates for Windows 7, the procedure that must be carried out is extremely simple and fast. To succeed in your intent just to start click on the button Start attached to the taskbar then type windows update in the search field that is shown to you on the screen. Then click on the first result you see.

In the window that will open at this point, presses on the item Change settings located in the left sidebar and then expand the drop-down menu located in the center of the screen and select the item Never check for updates (not recommended) in order to completely disable the Windows Updates feature. If you prefer to intervene in a less drastic way, so to speak, you can choose the option instead Check for updates but allow you to choose whether to download and install them, in such a way as to allow the operating system to check the availability of updates, but informing the user if there are updates to download without taking and installing them automatically, or you can select the option Download updates but let me choose whether to install them, in such a way as to allow the operating system to automatically download all the updates available for the same but leaving the user the task of carrying out the installation in case of need.

Keep in mind that in addition to deactivating automatic updates for Windows 7, it is possible to interrupt the automatic download procedure of updates for other Microsoft products, such as Office, simply by removing the check mark from the item Download updates for other Microsoft products during the Windows update. To prevent driver updates and other updates not essential for system security from being carried out automatically, just remove the check mark next to the item Download recommended updates in the same way as important updates.

Once you have selected the desired options, save the changes by pressing the button OK which is located in the lower part of the window you are viewing.

Clearly in case of second thoughts you can always and in any case retrace your steps and enable automatic updates again. To return everything to the default settings, access the section again Change settings from Windows Update, choose the option Install updates automatically (recommended) from the menu attached to the section Important updates and put a check mark next to all the other items attached to the window. To confirm the changes made, press the button OK located in the lower part of the window that is shown to you.

If instead of disabling automatic updates Windows 7 you prefer to make sure that the feature is active but that the computer does not restart forcibly in order to install them, proceed as follows.

If you are using a Pro version of Windows 7 press the button Start attached to the taskbar, type run in the search field that is shown on the screen and then click on the first result in the list. Then type the command gpedit.msc in the field attached to the window Run that is shown to you and then presses the button Enter on the keyboard. In the new window Local Group Policy Editor which at this point will open identifies the voice Computer configuration from the bar on the left and press it with the left mouse button, double click on Administrative models, double-click Windows components and then click twice in a row on Windows Update. At this point, double-click on the item Exclude automatic restart for scheduled installations of automatic updates with users not logged in and activate the setting by placing the check mark next to the wording Activated.

If you are using a Home version of Windows 7, press the button Start attached to the taskbar, type run in the search field that is shown on the screen and then click on the first result in the list. Then type the command regedit in the field attached to the window Run that is shown to you, then press the button Enter on your keyboard and then click Yes. In the new window Registry Editor which at this point will open double-click with the left mouse button on the item HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE located on the left, then click twice in a row on SOFTWARE, do the same on Policies, and double-click the entry as well Microsoft. Locate the entry now Windows and click on it with the left mouse button twice in a row and then double-click on it first WindowsUpdate and then on TO. Then click with the right mouse button in an empty spot in the Editor and select the item New one and then that DWORD value (32-bit) from the menu that appears. Later rename to NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers the key you just created, double-click on it and set its value to 1.

Afterwards, regardless of which version of Windows 7 you are using, restart your computer to make sure that any changes you have made take effect. To restart your computer, just press the button Start, click with the left mouse button on the arrow placed next to the item Shut down the system in the right part of the menu display and then press on the option Reboot the system.