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How to Disable Automatic Updates and Restarts in Windows Server 2016

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With Windows, Microsoft pushes updates to the operating system fairly frequently. These updates often include important aspects such as security updates, which it is highly recommended you install. However, by default Windows updates will automatically download and install and force your server to reboot even if you didn’t want it to.

To avoid this, it is recommended to change how Windows handles updates, to either reserve them to automatic downloads but manual installs, or completely manual downloads and installs. When Windows updates are set to either of these two options, the server will not reboot automatically until after you manually install updates.

You can change to either of these methods within Windows Server 2016 by using the sconfig command in a command prompt or Powershell window.


How to Disable Automatic Updates


First: Open a command prompt or Powershell window as the Administrator. You can open the start menu and search for either “cmd” or “powershell” to show the two options in the search results.


Start Menu


Second: Run the sconfig command.




Third: Enter “5” to edit the Windows Update Settings.


sconfig Menu


Sixth: Enter either “D” for download only mode, or “M” for manual mode. Click OK on the dialog box that pops up to confirm the change.

  • Download Only: Automatically downloads updates, but does not install them until manually installed.
  • Manual: Does not download or install updates automatically, only manually.


sconfig Windows Update Settings


Seventh: Exit the sconfig menu by entering “15”.

Eighth: Close the command prompt or Powershell window.


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