Opting for automatic updates seems like an easy way of dealing with the vexed issue of updates, especially as some of them are “critical fixes for Windows,” according to Microsoft. However, sometimes Windows wants to install dozens of updates and there is no way of telling how long it will take. Microsoft recommends you allow an automatic update in progress to continue, but there are ways you can stop it if you wish to.
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Click the “Show hidden icons” arrow on the right of your computer's taskbar. Note the hidden icons panel pops up.
Click the "Windows update" button. Observe the "Windows update" dialogue panel appears.
Click the “Stop installation” button. Note a message appears, after a while, saying “Some updates were not installed.”
Click the "Start" button, type "Update" in the search box and select "Windows update."
Click "Change settings" in the pane on the left. Choose between: "Install updates automatically (recommended)," “Download updates but let me choose whether to install them,” “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them” or “Never check for updates (not recommended).” Click "OK" once you've made your decision.
Check for updates at least once a month if you choose to completely disable automatic updates. To do so, click the "Start" button, type "Update" in the search box and select "Check for updates."
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