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Windows 7: How to delay Windows auto update

18 Feb 2016   #1
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
How to delay Windows auto update

As we all know, Windows interrupts a shutdown, usually at the end of a day, to start downloading an update. I want to be able to delay this to give me time to create a Restore Point, in case the update messes up my machine (it does happen). Before I had Windows 7 clean reinstalled I had this set up so I know it can be done. (There are help files about delaying the automatic restart after an update but that is not what I want.)

So how can I delay the actual update please?


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18 Feb 2016   #2
Seffrid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

The best way surely is not to have it set to automatic update at all, but to set it so you choose when to download and install. You then have as much or as little control as you want, and whether you install the updates altogether or in batches the process will automatically involve creating a system restore point before the installation starts. To change the settings go to System Security in the Control Panel.
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18 Feb 2016   #3
wben353

Win 7 Home Premium x64/Linux Lite 2.6 x64
 
 

Or, as I have mine set, to download & let me choose which to install.
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19 Feb 2016   #4
Seffrid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wben353 View Post
Or, as I have mine set, to download & let me choose which to install.
I avoided suggesting that option as there is a danger of pre-checked updates automatically being installed once they're downloaded:-

When did ?Download updates but let me choose? change? @ ********
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19 Feb 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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19 Feb 2016   #6
wben353

Win 7 Home Premium x64/Linux Lite 2.6 x64
 
 

Thanks for the info Seffrid. I wasn't aware of that article. Additionally, both of my win7x64 home premium machines are set to download & let me choose. I only experienced auto updates when m$ has critical or superseded KBs. I will keep an eye on this now that I'm aware.
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19 Feb 2016   #7
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wben353 View Post
Thanks for the info Seffrid. I wasn't aware of that article. Additionally, both of my win7x64 home premium machines are set to download & let me choose. I only experienced auto updates when m$ has critical or superseded KBs. I will keep an eye on this now that I'm aware.
I have read all this (and some of the referred long discussion), and have returned my machine to "Download updates but let me choose whether to install them.", as it used to be. In practice, I will also return to my practice of always downloading the updates but only after creating a Restore Point.

Thanks for the help.
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