Can I pause Windows updates several times?

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  1. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #11

    Have you read post #4 and #9?
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       #12

    Look, I am not a super user with Windows.

    I am looking for a simple fix to my problem.

    The Pause option is the only one that I see in the Advance section.

    I can see that there are several options which can be used, but quite frankly, I am just not able to carry them out.

    A simple reply to a question might be helpful.

    Can I stop the automatic update in Services?

    If this is not a good choice, then I will have to get my computer guy to help me.
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  3. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #13

    Lynnea1941 said:
    A simple reply to a question might be helpful.

    Can I stop the automatic update in Services?
    Yes, you can. The service can be disabled by running the following command via an elevated Command Prompt.
    sc config "wuauserv" start=disabled

    Lynnea1941 said:
    Look, I am not a super user with Windows.
    The suggestions in post #4 and #9 are user-friendly.
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       #14

    OK, I can do that.

    But, as I asked before. Am I able to stop this in Task Manager--Services?
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  5. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #15

    Right-click on the Start button-->"Windows PowerShell (Admin)". Run CMD and then ...

    Run net stop wuauserv to stop Windows Update.
    Run sc config "wuauserv" start=disabled to disable Windows Update.
    Run sc config "wuauserv" start=demand to enable Windows Update.
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  6. Posts : 24
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       #16

    Just to be sure that I am understanding you.

    Stopping Windows Update in Task Manager>Services is different from disabling from the command prompt.

    Please help me understand. If I stop in Task Manager, will the service restart when the PC is booted up?
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  7. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #17

    I have never stopped the service via Task Manager, so I do not know what will happen.
    I think stopping is different from disabling.
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       #18

    I think I can disable it via Services (Run as administrator), right click on properties to turn on Disable in the drop-down menu.

    I also saw that one should also disable WaaSMedicSVC.

    Are you familiar with this?
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  9. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #19

    Am I right in thinking that you refuse to use the following?

    1. Third-party applications.
    2. Script files.
    3. Commands.
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  10. Posts : 24
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       #20

    I am just not really comfortable with following the directions.

    What I found with services is easy enough for me to use. I did see the disable command, which I do think is not the same as stopping.
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