How to Turn off Automatic Updates

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July 20, 2012

Most Operating Systems are designed in such a way that it allows you to continuously download additional features that may not have been on the original installation files. These updates can either have a positive or negative impact on how your computer functions and sometimes it is better off without having updates. Most persons are not aware of what goes on in the background of their computers when it is being updated. This article will show persons how they can navigate through their computer systems and disable their automatic updates.


1)      If you use any form of Windows-based Operating System then there are a number of different ways in which you can access the option that allows you to close off “Automatic Updates’. The version of the Operating System, whether Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, also plays a role in how this is done as well.

2)      If you are manipulating a Windows XP system then one of the easiest ways to navigate through to the automatic updates options is by simply going to the right side of the taskbar and double clicking the “Windows Security alert’ icon. This brings up the automatic update setting that allows you to click “disable automatic updates’. If you are navigating through a Windows Vista or Windows 7 system then you will see a “Windows update’ icon which usually states “New Updates are available’. When you click this icon, the Windows Update page will appear, then you can go to the left of the page and select “change settings’ where you will see “Important updates’. Just below that you will see a drop box, simply click it and select “Never check for updates (not recommended)’ and then go below and click “Ok’ to apply the new settings.

3)      On a Windows XP system you can also navigate your mouse to the bottom left corner of the taskbar and click “Start’ and then go to “Control Panel’ and double click “System’. Then simply change the selection from “Automatic update (recommended)’ to “Turn off automatic updating. I want to update my computer manually’. Another way to find this is by going to “My Computer’, right click it and then go down to “Properties’. This will pop up a list of different tabs, then go to the “˜Automatic updates tab’ and follow the same instructions. If you are using a Windows Vista or Windows 7 OS, when you get to the “˜Control Panel’ you have to go into “System and Security’, then “Windows Update’ and click “Turn automatic updating on or off’. This will bring you to a next page where you will see “Important updates’ then you can follow the instructions as given in step 2.

4)      You can also find the “System Properties’ by going to “Start’, clicking “Run’ and typing in “sysdm.cpl’. This will bring up the System Properties and then you can follow the instructions provided in the previous steps to disable the automatic updates.


  • Sometimes automatic updates may conflict with some of your current hardware and doesn’t allow it to function as it should.
  • If you have a generic copy of a Windows-based Operating System installed onto your PC, then using automatic updates can show you up and block your system from being allowed to do certain things “” which may cause you to have to load over your entire Operating System. So if you have a non-genuine copy of Windows, it is best to disable automatic updates.

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  • Laura Drew

    Thanks for the instructions.
    Microsoft keeps eye on a illegal users its only key for Microsoft to know who is playing with illegal copy of Windows.
    MS Office Support