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How to stop automatic Windows Update

Turning off Windows Update on Windows Server 2023 should be approached with caution, as regular updates are essential for the security and stability of your server. However, if you have specific reasons for temporarily disabling updates, here is the easiest and fastest way to do it:

Using Group Policy (Local Group Policy Editor):

Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.

Type gpedit.msc and press Enter. This will open the Local Group Policy Editor.

In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to:
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update

In the right pane, double-click on "Configure Automatic Updates."

Select the "Disabled" option to turn off Windows Update.

Click "Apply" and then "OK."

Close the Local Group Policy Editor.

Please note that this method will disable Windows Updates entirely, which is generally not recommended for production servers. It's crucial to keep your server up to date for security and performance reasons.

After completing your specific task or troubleshooting, be sure to re-enable Windows Updates by following the same steps and selecting "Not Configured" or "Enabled" (depending on your update preference) in the "Configure Automatic Updates" setting.

Remember to use this method responsibly, and only disable updates temporarily if necessary, ensuring that you enable them again once your server maintenance or troubleshooting is complete.

Updated on: 05/10/2023

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