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Can Windows 8.1/7 be shut down without installing updates?

  1. #1

    Can Windows 8.1/7 be shut down without installing updates?


    I set up windows to automatically install updates, and I don't want to change that.

    When I'm in a hurry to restart or shutdown my PC and I only see "Shut down installing updates" and "Restart installing updates", is there some way to do it bypassing the update?

    I've tried command line: shutdown /s but it doesn't work (it updates before shutting down).
    Likewise, Alt+F4 (from the desktop) only offers shutting down or restarting and updating.
    Neiter logging out and then choosing to shut down (your only choice is also to update and shutdown/restart).

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  2. #2


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Try this, may work for Windows 8.1 How to Disable ?Install Windows Updates and Shut Down? Option in Windows Start Menu? - AskVG

    Possibly only way unless you change the update settings.
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  3. #3


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Also try [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Delete]
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  4. #4


    I do a Restart then power off when it starts to reboot. Works every time and no drive corruption.
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Can Windows 8.1/7 be shut down without installing updates?
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