Shutdown Windows without installing updates

Yesterday I shutdown my notebook  as I was about to leave work. Surprise! There was a couple of hundred Windows updates waiting to be installed. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded “Install updates and shutdown”, which can take anywhere from a couple of seconds to hours.

I have no problem with installing Windows updates, I think keeping up to date with security updates and bug fixes are important. The problem I do have is in having to wait, especially after a day at the office, having the expectation of freedom shattered by painfully watching updates installing one by one.

If you don’t have time to wait for updates to install and you simply want to shut down, there is a way out. Close your desktop. When viewing your desktop enter alt+F4, which is the general close program command. In the case of the desktop you will be presented with an options menu. One of the options being “Shut Down”, allowing you to bypass “Install updates and shut down”.



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