How to Shut Down Windows Without Installing Its Updates

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Windows pushes out new updates quite often. But sometimes it so happens that users don’t have the time to install updates immediately. For example, they need to get to a meeting. But when going to shut down their computer, there is the yellow icon with the black exclamation point informing them that Windows wants to install its updates.

Most of the time this is a non-issue, as people simply close their laptops or keep their desktop computers running — but in certain cases it’s not a possibility.

Sometimes people simply wish to shut down their computers without installing the updates immediately and rather install them at a later time.

Here are two easy solutions for these situations.

When going to shut down your computer, instead of directly clicking the Shut Down button with the yellow icon, hold your mouse over the right-arrow button next to the Shut Down button. You may also click on it.

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Shut Down Windows without Updating

Select Log Off from the menu that appears.

This action logs you off as the current user. You will land on the Windows logoff screen.

In the bottom-right corner of the screen, you will find a red button, click on the up-arrow next to it and select Shut down from the drop-up menu.

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Windows Logoff Screen — Red Button

This way you can shut down Windows without installing its updates immediately.

If you find yourself postponing update installs more often, you can simply tell Windows to let you be.

Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update and click Change settings in the left pane of the Windows Update window.

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Windows Updates Settings

Now you can choose how will Windows install updates in the future. Select Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them, then click OK.

Next time Windows won’t automatically bother you with the updates. You will be able to decide whether it’s the right time for you to download and install those updates.

Obviously, it is not a good idea to perpetually postpone the update procedure. The updates may be patching critical security holes in your system and without them you open your computer up to malicious activities from outside.

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