Windows XP provided an option to shutdown the computer without installing any Windows updates. This convenient, time-saving option seems to be missing in Windows 7. Is it possible to shutdown Windows 7 without installing updates?
Windows 7 Shutdown Dialog
Windows 7 Security Screen
Turn off automatic updates
This is not temporary, but it is a viable solution for Home users. If you switch your update settings to anything except automatic updates, your shutdown will not install updates. However, if you manually installed the updates, shutdown will still go to the configuring updates screen as usual. Also, be sure to actually install the updates as often as possible.
Yes. You can shut down Windows 7 without installing updates by enabling the following Group Policy setting:
Now, the shut down button in the Start menu will default to
In the unlikely event that I want to shut down and not install updates, I would use either the run dialog or the command prompt to run:
/s = shutdown (as opposed to reboot)
/f = force running applications to quit
/t 10 = wait 10 seconds before starting the shutdown (in case you change your mind and want to abort the shutdown)