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Sometimes when my Win 7 machine has programs that crashed, maybe Firefox, or IE, I would like to shut down the computer without installing any Windows update. That's because I worry that if IE or Firefox crashed, the system is not in a very stable state, so I would rather install the update later.

But it seems I only have 2 choices:

1) Shut Down and it always will do any Update
2) Restart, and no update is done

(these are 2 choices among the shut down / log off option)

So is there a way to Shut Down without doing the Update? Or must I restart first, and then do the Updates, and then Shut Down?

One reason is that, if you are going to catch the bus or catch a plane, you want to shut it down and go. You don't want to wait an extra 5, 10 minutes for it to update, and you don't want to restart either, because your goal is to shut it down.

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huh? I don't really understand what you need. This is a strange windows behavior I agree but the option to shutdown the computer and applying the updates before that should be there. – r0ca Feb 4 '10 at 17:07
I don't think what remains of the OS when it's applying updates can get unstable and still appear to function, it's pretty much the very core of the OS. – Phoshi Feb 4 '10 at 17:08
@Phoshi I'm pretty sure any part of Windows can get unstable :-). Or your hardware could be borked. – Bryce Jan 23 at 1:41
I am pretty sure no program should ever crash and Windows should never blue screen and nothing will ever get unstable – 太極者無極而生 Jan 23 at 6:54
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You can press Ctrl + Alt + Del and choose shutdown from the bottom right menu. It will not install updates if shutdown from this interface.

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Even if he presses Windows - Shutdown, he is supposed to have the option to shutdown and the option to shutdown and install updates. – r0ca Feb 4 '10 at 17:09
You sure about that? - – John T Feb 4 '10 at 17:10
Is it a user level thing? I know I see both options on my Win 7 machines – Chris_K Feb 4 '10 at 17:30
Yes, but do you have pending updates? I'm fairly sure it's been removed since 7 beta: – John T Feb 4 '10 at 17:41
I saw it just last night. However... now I'm sitting here wondering if that particular machine is still running the RC version. gulp Something to check when I get home :-) – Chris_K Feb 4 '10 at 19:53

There is a Registry Hack provided by The How-To Geek on how to disable this here:

Stop Windows Update from Hijacking the Sleep/Shutdown Button

Add a 32-bit DWORD value called NoAUAsDefaultShutdownOption to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU with a value of 1. No reboot should be necessary.

You can apply it manually or download the registry file which enables and disables this feature. I deploy it to all Windows 7 machines I own and it works beautifully.

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It would be helpful to post the actual registry key here, too. – Kevin Kibler Jul 5 '10 at 18:04

Easy way, press Alt + F4 on the desktop then select "Power Off" (or "shutdown", something similar...)

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I tested it by myselft and confirmed this works:

  1. Go to Start
  2. Run
  3. gpedit.msc
  4. User Configuration
  5. Administrative Templates
  6. Windows Components
  7. Windows Update.

There, you will find an option called “Do not adjust default option to ‘Install Updates And Shut Down’ in Shut Down Windows dialog box”. If you enable this, then clicking “Shut Down” will just shut down your computer without installing updates. However, the “Install Updates And Shut Down” option is still available in the little menu, in case you need it

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This sets the same registry key as this answer in a more comfortable way – Tobias Kienzler Nov 12 '15 at 12:01

Another option is to hit Win+R to bring up the run menu, then type

shutdown /t 0 /s

/t 0 means shutdown after 0 seconds.

/s means shutdown. You can instead use /r for restart or /l for logoff.

There are other options too

Usage: C:\Windows\system32\shutdown.exe [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e] [/f]
    [/m \\computer][/t xxx][/d [p|u:]xx:yy [/c "comment"]]

    No args    Display help. This is the same as typing /?.
    /?         Display help. This is the same as not typing any options.
    /i         Display the graphical user interface (GUI).
               This must be the first option.
    /l         Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options.
    /s         Shutdown the computer.
    /r         Shutdown and restart the computer.
    /g         Shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is
               rebooted, restart any registered applications.
    /a         Abort a system shutdown.
               This can only be used during the time-out period.
    /p         Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning.
               Can be used with /d and /f options.
    /h         Hibernate the local computer.
               Can be used with the /f option.
    /e         Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer.
    /m \\computer Specify the target computer.
    /t xxx     Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
               The valid range is 0-315360000 (10 years), with a default of 30.
               If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f parameter is
    /c "comment" Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown.
               Maximum of 512 characters allowed.
    /f         Force running applications to close without forewarning users.
               The /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is
               specified for the /t parameter.
    /d [p|u:]xx:yy  Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown.
               p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned.
               u indicates that the reason is user defined.
               If neither p nor u is specified the restart or shutdown is
               xx is the major reason number (positive integer less than 256).
               yy is the minor reason number (positive integer less than 65536).

Reasons on this computer:
(E = Expected U = Unexpected P = planned, C = customer defined)
Type    Major   Minor   Title

 U      0       0       Other (Unplanned)
E       0       0       Other (Unplanned)
E P     0       0       Other (Planned)
 U      0       5       Other Failure: System Unresponsive
E       1       1       Hardware: Maintenance (Unplanned)
E P     1       1       Hardware: Maintenance (Planned)
E       1       2       Hardware: Installation (Unplanned)
E P     1       2       Hardware: Installation (Planned)
E       2       2       Operating System: Recovery (Planned)
E P     2       2       Operating System: Recovery (Planned)
  P     2       3       Operating System: Upgrade (Planned)
E       2       4       Operating System: Reconfiguration (Unplanned)
E P     2       4       Operating System: Reconfiguration (Planned)
  P     2       16      Operating System: Service pack (Planned)
        2       17      Operating System: Hot fix (Unplanned)
  P     2       17      Operating System: Hot fix (Planned)
        2       18      Operating System: Security fix (Unplanned)
  P     2       18      Operating System: Security fix (Planned)
E       4       1       Application: Maintenance (Unplanned)
E P     4       1       Application: Maintenance (Planned)
E P     4       2       Application: Installation (Planned)
E       4       5       Application: Unresponsive
E       4       6       Application: Unstable
 U      5       15      System Failure: Stop error
 U      5       19      Security issue
E       5       19      Security issue
E P     5       19      Security issue
E       5       20      Loss of network connectivity (Unplanned)
 U      6       11      Power Failure: Cord Unplugged
 U      6       12      Power Failure: Environment
  P     7       0       Legacy API shutdown
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You can change what the power button does when the computer is one. Change the setting to shut down the computer. This will shut down the computer will out installing updates.

To change what the power button does in Win7...
ControlPanel -> Power Options -> on the right click on "Choose what the power buttons do"

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