How To Disable The Microsoft Update And Return To Windows Update?

No matter whether you use Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or the latest Windows 8 operating system on your computer, it is important that you download the windows updates regularly for the smooth functioning of your computer. Now, while Windows updates help you to download the necessary updates released by Microsoft from time to time, Microsoft update is another feature that helps you to download the updates and gives you notifications on the various updates. However, some of you might be annoyed with the pop ups that come up often that notifies you that a new update is available. In this article, we will find out how to stop these Microsoft updates from giving you notifications and how to disable them without requiring to contact the Microsoft help and support center.

Steps Involved

  1. Select Start menu, which you will find on the left bottom corner. You can also select Start by pressing the Windows logo on your keyboard. Now choose the option All Programs.
  2. From the programs, find Windows Update. You can also find the program by entering Windows Update in the search bar in the Start menu.
  3. In the Windows update window, choose Change settings.
  4. In the settings window, look for Microsoft Updates.
  5. Uncheck the box near Microsoft updates. This will disable Microsoft updates.
  6. Select OK.

After the above-mentioned steps, your computer will no longer search for Microsoft updates. With the Microsoft update option disabled on your computer, you will start receiving only Windows updates. You can turn on the Microsoft updates any time you wish, by just putting a check mark on the box near Microsoft updates by following the above steps. If you find any errors while downloading, your Windows update or while installing them, contact Microsoft help and support center to fix the issue.
Windows 8

Keep in mind that even if you disable Microsoft update, it is never advisable that you disable Windows updates on your computer. This is because, if you disable Windows update, you will not receive the important security features and other updates released by Microsoft from time to time. Downloading and installing these features on your computer are very important as they help you to keep your computer protected and installed with the latest features of the operating system.

Remember that even though the Microsoft update notifications can be annoying at times, you get the latest features for Microsoft products with these updates and so, it is advisable that you turn on these updates.