Should I Disable Windows 8 Automatic Updates From Microsoft?

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on March 21, 2012


Windows 8 consumer preview has been made public some time back, since that time we have been using windows 8 as our primary OS for doing everything on PC it seems and feels much faster, easier to use and with the new smart metro UI and apps lot more things are much simple because of the sleek interface of the windows 8 start screen metro UI apps.

We have already written several windows 8 tips, you can read our Windows 8 Tutorials and Tips. Today we are going to share another set of tip which deals with windows 8 automatic updates pushed by microsoft, In some months you will see windows 8 being released so most the users asked us as just like windows 7 and older version of windows should they turn off windows 8 automatic updates so that they could get rid of the restart warning pop ups which you keep seeing when windows updates get installed and needs to restart your computer in order to complete the update process.

By far now the best way to get rid of these warnings is to set the settings in Control Panel >> System Security >> Windows Update >> Change Settings and set the setting which says Download updates but let me choose whether to install them as shown in the image below.

make windows updates does not restart computer 


Windows 8 Updates Will Restart Your Computer In Next 3 Days After Install

As far as we got to know about windows 8 updates is that, it will give you 3 days to restart your computer once an update is installed which requires system to be restarted rather than the old times giving you only 15 minutes to restart in windows 7 or previous versions of windows.

How Will Metro UI Apps Gets Update In Windows 8?

Windows 8 Start screen metro UI apps which you have preinstalled or downloaded from windows 8 store will also get updated through windows 8 updates pushed for windows, however you can always choose which updates to download and install on your computer. So, if you decide to stop updates in windows 8 it will affect the metro UI apps also to not get updated.

Disable Windows 8 Automatic Updates

Procedure to disable the windows 8 updates pushed from microsoft remains the same as in windows 7, only there is little different change in windows 8 updates path as compared to the previous versions of windows as shown in the image below. The new path is Control Panel >> Windows Update >> Change Settings

disable windows 8 automatic updates

You can also check or uncheck the options to receive the recommended or essentials updates and also stop receiving the updates for microsoft products or check for new optional microsoft software when you update windows as shown in the image above.

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Thanatos April 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

While the forced computer reboot from updates can be annoying (I have been annoyed by it using Windows 7 more than once), not updating your software is a very very very wrong decision. The point of updates is not to piss off the customers: when Microsoft (or any other software editore for that matters) decides to push an update, they know well it has a cost, and that cost is annoying the customers. That’s why more and more software (as Chrome) now update silently to minimize this.
When aneditor publish an update, it is because they feel its benefits outweight its annoyance. And for security updates (the bulk of Microsoft updates), it would be hard to argue these benefits. Take a look at the exploit statistics: most (and by most, I mean nearly all) attacks exploit bugs and weaknesses that already have a patch available. Keeping your software to date is security’s step 0, and it’s a pretty efficient one.

So to the question “Should I Disable Windows 8 Automatic Updates From Microsoft?”, I feel the clear answer is “No”.
And to the question “How do I do it?”, the answer is “Don’t”.

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