How to stop Windows from applying updates

disable Windows updates

When faced with the situation to restart your PC or apply updates and you do not want to do this because the server is currently in use (Production).

Note: There are different ways to have this accomplished, but for this specific use-case, we want the updates but do not want it to be applied yet. 

Step-by-step guide

When you are unable to proceed due to Windows Updates waiting to be applied, Kindly follow these simple hints to stop the update service from running

1.    Simply Stop the Windows update service by using this command from the CLI

net stop wuauserv

2.    Or go to services and search for Windows Update (right click and select stop)

To show the running service using Powershell, run


Or navigate to services to see if the Windows update Service is running

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