Getting Windows updates automatically on your system can keep your programs up to date and make your system more secure. But despite the benefits, there are times when you’ll want to stop the automatic updates. You might also need to stop the update in progress, even if you intend to allow it to finish later.
Keep in mind, if you disable or stop Windows 10 updates your computer system will be left vulnerable to attack. This is because updates include patches for security that are not installed in Windows 10 originally.
As long as you are comfortable with your device being at risk or you intend to allow updates to finish later, you can stop the update in progress. Here’s how.
Stop Windows 10 Updates in the Services
This is the method for stopping Windows 10 updates in services.
1. Open the Search windows box and type “Services in Windows 10”. After typing this in the search box you will find the Services application as a search result. Click right on it and then select the “Run as Administrator” option.
2. In the services window, you can see a list of all services that are running in the windows background. Here to find the Windows Update service you have to scroll down. From its status, you can check if it is running.
3. In the next step, you need to click right on “Windows Update” and select “Stop” option from the context menu. You can also click on “Stop” link that you can find under the Windows Update option on the window’s top left side.
4. A small dialogue box will appear that will show you the process to stop Windows update progress. Close the windows once the whole process will be done.
Stop Windows 10 Automatic Maintenance:
In this method to stop Windows 10 automatic maintenance, follow these steps:
1. Open windows 10 search box, type “Control Panel” and hit the “Enter” button.
2. After opening control panel click on “System and Security” option
3. Next, click and select the “Security and Maintenance” option
4. On the right side of Maintenance click the button to expand the settings. Here you will hit the “Stop maintenance” to stop the Windows 10 update in progress.
To stop a Windows 10 update in progress you have to follow all these steps correctly. When you’re stopping an update in progress, your computer system has already started the installation of the update. You’ll know this because it is on a blue screen showing the progress percentage and instructing you not to turn off your PC.
You should never shut your device down to stop the update in progress. This can cause serious damage to Windows. Whenever possible you should let the update install and follow the directions that accompany the update, but if you absolutely must stop the update in progress, do so by following these steps and not just doing a hard shutdown of your device.
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No, it was no help at all. As everyone else has pointed out THERE IS NO SEARCH BOX. I need to know how to stop it now.
Dumbest answer ever. There is no search box while updating.
I need to start working in 1.5 hours and my computer is only at 22%! I need to stop the update NOW!!! But since it’s trying to do an update I have NO access to my Start button! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So did anyone get an answer on how to stop the updating about from turning it off And on
I have the same problem can’t get into any search boxes while it is updating this is been going on for 3 days I have turned it off and on no change
The upgrade is in progress, you guys are taking about the search box . How do you get the search box if the upgrade is in progress?
mrigank sharma says
How to look for search box…When it’s a blue screen. Not everyone is a software pro and the software pro wouldn’t have to come here.
This really helped me. Since i have a metered internet ( 1.5GB per day ) and windows was updating an update of 3+ GB. Thanks.
Ok I’ll just type it in the search box when there isn’t a search box since the update is already updating
Same question as Nick. If I’ve already got a blue screen saying Update In Progress how can I access the search box?
How the hell can I get to the search box if the update is IN PROGRESS?