How To Turn Off Windows Updates Permanently?

I am incredibly frustrated! I changed the settings over a year ago to tell Microsoft NOT to update anything on my system. Yet my computer gives me warnings of an “critical” or “important” update that it FORCES me into automatically on restart anyway! It simply waits until I am shutting down my system and do a FORCED up date!! Or better yet it keeps asking till I am not around to stop the countdown. So first let us make sure I have everything that can be turned off, turned off correctly. Next how do I keep “critical” and “important” updates from ever happening.

And before you ask, please understand that I am NOT an IT professional, but do work on computers and OS problems. So “yes” I have already went through Settings in both Control Panel and Settings, and chosen NOT to have ANY updates. But, again, Microsoft is overriding that and still forcing the updates to take place on shutdowns or with a countdown timer.

To disable the Windows Update service in Services Manager, please follow the steps below:

  1. Press Windows key + R. Type services.msc, then hit Enter.
  2. Search for Windows Update.
  3. Right-click on Windows Update, then select Properties.
  4. Under General tab, set the Startup type to Disabled.
  5. Click Stop.
  6. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  7. Restart your computer.

Please post back if you have other concerns for further assistance. 

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