How to remove automatic Windows 7 updates: ways

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How to remove automatic Windows 7 updates: ways
How to remove automatic Windows 7 updates: ways

For Windows 7, as well as for other operating systems of this family, updates are released with enviable regularity. It seems that there is nothing wrong with installing them, since they are designed to fix many bugs in the OS itself and strengthen the security of the system. But this is only at first glance. It is believed that disabling automatic updates in Windows 7 can be due to many factors, including lack of free hard disk space, low bandwidth when downloading packages, etc. And it is not always recommended to install updates themselves, since many of them (especially intended for other Microsoft products) are not needed by the average user at all.

Windows 7 automatic update issues

However, all of the above does not fully reflect the need to disable automatic updates or delete alreadyinstalled service packs. The most serious problem is that some updates themselves are unfinished, which is why very often there is a violation of the operating system itself, even with the impossibility of its subsequent loading or the appearance of the so-called blue screens of death. Another reason is the presence on user computers of unlicensed versions of the OS, which, after installing the recommended packages in automatic mode, simply begin to be blocked. But it is very easy to remove such updates, cancel their installation, or completely disable the main service responsible for finding and installing them.

How to stop Windows 7 automatic update the easiest way?

For starters, let's assume that the automatic update, activated in the default system settings, has not been disabled by the user, and the updates have already been installed. How to remove automatic updates in Windows 7 after all operations have been completed? Apparently, many users know that in the simplest case, you need to roll back the system to the state it was in before installing the latest packages (as a rule, Windows itself creates a backup before installation with a rollback point just before installing them).

System Restore in Windows 7
System Restore in Windows 7

To do this, use the system recovery section in the "Control Panel" and start the recovery process with the choice of either the last or any other previous point.

Manual deletionunnecessary or faulty update packages

If we talk about how to remove automatic updates of Windows 7 without using Windows Rollback, which may affect the programs installed after their integration into the system, you can apply another method.

Uninstall Windows 7 updates
Uninstall Windows 7 updates

It consists in turning to the section of programs and components, then choosing to view installed updates, sort them by date of installation and remove them manually. It seems to be simple. But here you need to be clearly aware that if the "Update Center" itself and the service responsible for its work are in the active state, which, in fact, it is, anyway, after a certain period of time, a new search will be performed with the subsequent installation of the found packages. But more on that later.

Automated uninstallation of updates

Alternatively, specialized uninstallers like iObit Uninstaller can be used to remove installed packages.

Uninstalling Updates in iObit Uninstaller
Uninstalling Updates in iObit Uninstaller

Their use is justified by the fact that they remove not only the update packages themselves, but also clean up the remaining components after their uninstallation in automatic mode (you will need to turn it on yourself).

How to stop automatic updates in Windows 7 or another system once and for all?

Finally, let's move on to deactivating the search and installation of updates, because without this, whether you like it or not, attempts to search and install from the operating system anywaywill be undertaken. How to turn off automatic updates in Windows 7 the easiest way?

Disable Windows 7 Automatic Updates
Disable Windows 7 Automatic Updates

To do this, you need to enter the "Windows Update" section in the "Control Panel", and in the settings, turn off automatic search by selecting the appropriate mode from the drop-down list, and uncheck the box for automatic installation of recommended updates. Along the way, you can deactivate the installation of updates for other Microsoft products. In particular, this applies to the office suite. But that's not all.

Despite the actions taken, the main service is still active.

Stopping and disabling services responsible for updating the system
Stopping and disabling services responsible for updating the system

Now you need to call the services section (services.msc in the "Run" console), find the "Update Center" there, double-click to edit the parameters, stop the services and select the disabled start type from the drop-down list.

Many users stop there, but in vain. The fact is that in order to completely disable the search for and installation of updates, it is similarly necessary to deactivate two more services: "Windows Installer" and "Windows Modules Installer". Only after that you can restart the computer and make sure that the search and installation of updates are disabled in full.

Note: for the last two components, it is also sometimes advisable to set the startup type to manual in order to avoid incorrect behavior of the operating system.

AdditionalUtilities for managing updates

How to remove automatic updates of Windows 7 by improvised means, figured it out a bit. As mentioned above, the search for updates even before the main service is disabled can be performed again. If there is no need to deactivate the receipt of updates after the removal of unnecessary or failed packages, you should immediately set a manual search for available updates, and then exclude those that cannot be installed from the list of found ones, remembering the numbers of the removed packages. But such a procedure looks very laborious, especially since updates can be installed immediately. In this situation, the best option is to use the tiny portable utility Show or hide updates, developed by Microsoft.

Show or hide updates utility
Show or hide updates utility

After starting the application, you just need to select the Hide updates item, after which the Windows 7 automatic updates will hide, instructing the operating system to ignore them during further search and installation.

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