Disabling Windows automatic updates

Windows OS Update Settings

Why should you care about them?

Windows updates are set to a non-optimal setting.

Updates can start downloading at an unpredictable time and cause hard to trace performance issues.

By the way, this check is a part of our SQL Server Health Check.

How can I check it?

  1. Go to Start, and search for “Windows Update settings”:

Finding windows update in the search bar.

  1. Go to “Choose how updates get installed”:

  1. Check if “Never check updates (not recommended)” is selected.

How to fix them?

  1. Change it to “Never check for updates (not recommended)”.
  2. Then periodically, during the maintenance window, run Win Updates and reboot. The best environments do this on a scheduled basis every month.

More information

Microsoft – Catolog update. 
How to get an update through Windows Update.

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Mark Varnas

Hey I'm Mark, one of the guys behind Red9. I make a living performance tuning SQL Servers and making them more stable. I channel my SQL into our SQL Managed Services, SQL Consulting and our internal database products.

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