Enable to pause all quality updates for 60 days or until disabled.
This setting overrides the Defer Quality Updates Period in Days setting.
It’s the easiest method to try, so go ahead and run it first.
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.
Windows Update, a service offered by Microsoft, provides updates for Windows components.
It can be replaced with Microsoft Update, an expanded version of the service which provides for other Microsoft software as well, such as Microsoft Office, Windows Live Essentials and Microsoft Expression Studio.
Windows Update clients normally download updates over an Internet connection, although Microsoft makes provision for installing updates on computers without an Internet connection and a range of alternative methods and programs also exist to install updates. Security updates or critical updates protect against vulnerabilities to malware and security exploits.
Sometimes updates will error out, or sometimes Windows Update may just get stuck “searching for updates” forever. If you turn automatic updates off, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to new attacks.