How to fully disable Windows Update and manually re-enable it when needed

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Disclaimer: Disabling Windows Update, while it doesn’t interfere with any other necessary processes on your machine, may pose security issues in cases where an urgent update is needed. Do this at your own risk.

Auto-update is a nice feature that we enjoy on a lot of things we use these days, but sometimes it interferes with other, more necessary, things. This was my case with Windows Update.

In an ideal world, I would always want Windows Update enabled and automatically running when I start my PC. Unfortunately in this real world of vague FUPs and poorly advertised bandwidth caps, that’s a luxury a lot of us living in the Philippines can’t easily afford.

To be specific, when Windows Update automatically runs on my system it eats up my download speed and part of my daily-capped bandwidth. Some days it just consumes all of my daily bandwidth limit causing my connection to throttle down to about 25% of the normal download and upload speed.

Simply stopping the service through Task Manager doesn’t seem to work (it keeps re-running). For someone who needs good connection to get most of the work done, that’s a problem I always try to avoid, and the same reason why I opted to take control over Windows Update.

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Solved: How to fix Windows 10 “Update & Security” from auto-closing

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Disclaimer: Disabling Windows Update, while it doesn’t interfere with any other necessary processes on your machine, may pose security issues in cases where an urgent update is needed. Do this at your own risk.

I was having this problem for quite some time now though it really was my fault in the first place.

Everything used to work without issues except that I was annoyed by how Windows Update oftentimes eats up the limited bandwidth I have. For that reason, at one point I disabled some Windows services since simply stopping them through the Task Manager didn’t work.

Unfortunately, I did not keep record of which services were those and now that I need access to the “Updates & Security” settings to finally get those updates up on my system, I’m back on Google trying to find a solution to this auto-closing problem.

I tried a lot of possible fixes, but it seems like there’s always the one piece missing from the puzzle. It was when I stumbled on a Windows 10 Forums thread, specifically on this reply by user gonzaha, that I found the last piece.

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Solved: How to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET (This webpage is not available) browser problem

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Did your browser just suddenly had this issue?

This webpage is not available
DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET

Worry not, you’re not alone. I’ve had the same problem. I’ve tried googling for the right solution but there’s just not one single post out there that details the whole procedure.

After some trial-and-error testing of all suggested fixes I found, here’s what worked for me that should work for you as well.

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