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How to Start/Stop Windows Update

Service name: wuauserv

Display name: Windows Update


Description:

Enables the detection, download and installation of updates for Windows and other programs. If this service is disabled, users of this
computer will not be able to use Windows Update or its automatic updating feature, and programs will not be able to use the Windows
Update Agent (WUA) API.

Path to executable:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs -p

CMD:
This method shows you how to Start/Stop Windows Update service from Command Prompt

Perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and click on the Type here to search

Type cmd, right click on cmd icon under the Programs and click on Run as administrator

Services Regedit CMD Msconfig

Please confirm User Account Control pop-up

Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window, select Paste and press Enter


To Start Windows Update service:

net start wuauserv

sc start wuauserv


Note: You can’t start a service if Startup type is on Disabled.


To Stop Windows Update service:

net stop wuauserv

sc stop wuauserv


To change Startup type:

Automatic:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\wuauserv" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config wuauserv start= auto

Manual:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\wuauserv" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

sc config wuauserv start= demand

Disabled:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\wuauserv" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

sc config wuauserv start= disabled

Automatic (Delayed Start):

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\wuauserv" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config wuauserv start= delayed-auto


Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\wuauserv" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f


When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\wuauserv" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f