How to shutdown Windows 10 without installing any Updates

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft moved to update and maintenance concept to the principle of WaaS (Windows as a Service) which is based on the principle of SaaS (Software as a Service). With the implementation of this, Microsoft kind of forced Windows Updates to not only be downloaded on the users’ machines but also install them while we shutdown Windows 10 and sometimes even seed them to other users. This seeding concept took off much load from the Microsoft servers that would provide these Windows Updates to the users earlier. Installing these updates can be tedious for the users are it takes a lot of precious time from the users working hours and actually, people criticize this kill of their productivity.

Today, we are going to check out two easy methods by which we can skip this installation of updates and continue working without interruption.

Shutdown Windows 10 without installing any Updates

1] Clear SoftwareDistribution Folder

Windows Updates downloads two types of updates. They are either Critical Update and Non-critical updates. The security updates, bug fixes and patches that are delivered to Windows 10 come under the category of Critical Updates. And the delivery of other features, visual changes come under the category of Non-critical updates. Critical Updates are the once those are released on the second Tuesday of every month or termed as Patch Tuesday. Non-critical updates are the ones released twice every year bringing new features.

Critical Updates need to be installed immediately as they are downloaded whereas the feature updates need not be installed immediately and can be postponed.

Start by hitting the WINKEY + X combinations and select Command Prompt (Admin) in order to launch Command Prompt with Administrator Privileges.

Shutdown Windows 10 without installing any Updates

Now copy and paste the following commands one by one in the Command Prompt console and hit Enter.

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver

This will stop all the Windows Update Services running on your Windows 10 PC.

Open File Explorer and navigate to the following location from the address bar:

  • C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

Make sure that you replace the drive letter to the one with where Windows 10 is installed on your PC.

Now, select every file present inside the Software Distribution folder and hit these key combination on your keyboard: Shift + Delete.

Now start the Windows Update services on your PC by copying and pasting the following commands in Command Prompt with Administrator Privileges and hitting Enter:

net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

2] Using Power Button to shut down your PC

First of all, start by hitting the WINKEY + R button combinations or search for Run in the Cortana search box to launch the Run box.

Inside the text label, search for powercfg.cpl and hit Enter.

This will launch the Power Options window.

On the left side panel, click on Choose what the power buttons do.

In the drop-down for When I press the power button and set both the drop-downs to Shut down.

How to disable Update and Shutdown in Windows 10

Click on the button that says Save changes.

Now you will be able to shut down your PC without installing any Windows Updates.

3] Alternatives to shutting down your computer

Rather than shutting down your computer you can preferably try other alternatives to save power and keep your computer from being on constantly. They are – either you can try keeping your computer in Hibernate mode or Sleep mode.

Using the Hibernate option, your applications are moved from RAM to your HDD until you turn back your computer on. If you use the sleep option, your computer will go into a low power consumption state where you can quickly resume your work after turning on your PC.

4] How to disable Update and Shutdown in Windows 10

If you wish to how to disable yje Update and shutdown button, you will have to open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Create a new key under Windows and name it WindowsUpdate. Create another key under this one and name it AU.

So the final path would be:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

Now under AU, in the right side create a new DWORD value named NoAUAsDefaultShutdownOption and give it a value of 1. Also create NoAUShutdownOption and give it a value of 1.

Now you will not have the Update and shutdown option. Windows will install the updates only when you restart.

If you wish to explore more, you can read more about these power options like Hibernate and Sleep here and read our guide if you wish to disable Windows Update permanently.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.