How To Shutdown Windows 7 Without Installing Downloaded Updates [Quick Tip]

If you use Windows 7, then you may miss the normal shutdown option when pending installations of Windows updates are available. In place of the normal shut down option Windows 7 just gives you the option to “Shut down and Install Patches“.


But if you are in a hurry and wants to postpone the update/patch installation to a later time, then there is a simple way around for normally shutting down Windows.


The simple trick is to first press [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Delete] and then choosing the Shut down option, as you can see in the image above. Another better solution to this which involves a simple registry hack can be found here.

  • jon

    Cool trick

  • Adam

    Another way is to go to
    Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc -> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> 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.

    • Mezanul

      Hi Adam,

      Thanks for sharing the tip with us all :)

      • Toopay Medan

        Hy Abang Adam, Makasih banyak atas infonya ya..
        berharga banget…

  • DKSilvia

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  • noel

    I hate how Microsoft “forces” you to install these updates. That I need to search for ways to just shut down my pc. It tried installing updates that don’t work. They even force a restart now after updates have been installed. If you don’t notice the count down timer, you’ll be surprised by a sudden restart. Way to go Microsoft!

  • Ali Fleih

    Another way is press Alt+F4 and then choose Shut Down

    And that’s it!