Start or stop Windows update service

by admin on August 21, 2010

Windows update service can be started from command line(CMD) using the below command.

net start wuauserv


C:\Users\Administrator>net start wuauserv
The Windows Update service is starting.
The Windows Update service was started successfully.

Update service can be stopped using the below command

net stop wuauserv


C:\Users\Administrator>net stop wuauserv
The Windows Update service is stopping.
The Windows Update service was stopped successfully.

Note that on Windows Vista and Windows 7 machines net start/stop commands should be run from elevated administrator command prompt. Other wise you will get the following error.

C:\Users\administrator>net stop wuauserv
System error 5 has occurred.
Access is denied.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Carl, Sweden February 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Neat tip. However, it seems W7 is automatically restarting the Windows Update service every now and then. I’ve changed status to “Manual” under services.msc but the behavior remains. No fun at all.


Per Hansen August 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi Carl
FYI everytime you go into windows update it will start the service even though it is set to manual so if you need to look in windows update then stop the service again afterwards.

Edmond January 17, 2014 at 7:53 am

Please help me to stop the windows update, it is a disaster every time after windows update, totally stupid program, may be next time I should go for apple.


winhelp May 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

you gott the error because you have’nt run cmd as administrator

Safal April 8, 2015 at 4:28 am

Apple is more stupid than the windows.

Linda May 6, 2015 at 4:04 am

I cannot get windows update to stop, finish, or go away! How do I get this to stop so I can get back on the computer? It’s a brand new computer, and useless at this point!


josh October 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Wow thank you for putting this line up here. I needed to restart my windows update and this did the trick


Bob Sundquist November 5, 2015 at 10:28 pm

AutoHotkey script:

interval = 600 ; execution interval in seconds
Menu, Tray, Add ; divider line
Menu, Tray, Add, Execute Now, StopService
Menu, Tray, Default, Execute Now
timer_param := -1000 * interval

Run %comspec% /c “sc query wuauserv | find “1 STOPPED” & if errorlevel 1 sc stop wuauserv”, , Hide
time = %A_Now%
time += %interval%, seconds
FormatTime, time_string, %time%, Time
Menu, Tray, Tip, Stop Windows Update Service`nNext Execution at %time_string%
SetTimer, StopService, %timer_param%


Nico November 8, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Hi! even thou i star cmd as admin i still get the “error 5 access denied. can someone help me?


mrfreezzzz December 6, 2015 at 9:29 am

go to start menu —> type “cmd” in the search box, wait till cmd shows in the results list, right click on “cmd” and select “run as administrator”

mrfreezzzz December 6, 2015 at 9:58 am

otherwise, check your UAC and if it’s off, turn it on in your account settings.


Embee December 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm

This information is for those who wish to completely disable Windows 10 automatic updates. It is very simple and requires no real expertise.

1. Bring up your task manager.
2. Select the “Services” tab.
3. Scroll down the lefthand side until you see “wuauserv”. (In the description column to the right, you’ll see “Windows Update”.)
4. Right click on “wuauserv”.
5. In the dropdown box that appears, click on “stop”.

This stops all automatic updates from taking over your computer. In order to get future updates, you will have to follow the same steps, but click on “start” to restart it. I prefer simply to go to Microsoft’s website to find the updates, if I want them at all, which I don’t. I’ve struggled with Microsoft’s updates for years, from Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and now Windows 10. All of them have rendered my computer(s) less functional than they were prior to the updates.

I use a separate security program in conjunction with Windows firewall and find that there is absolutely no need to upload their security updates.


Piet February 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Same problem on my PC. Svchost.exe takes continuously almost 100% processor time.
Stopped wuauserv in the way described above and the processor is free!!! However after a restart it is running again. Same after stopping it via the command: net stop wuauserv.
Anybody a receipt how I can stop this wuauserv forever????


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