How to Stop Windows 10 Update in Progress
How to Stop Windows 10 Update in Progress

How you ever encounter a situation where you are downloading a windows 10 udpate and suddenly you came to know about the update is buggy. In that case how you gonna stop the update in progress. Well, in this article, I’m explaining the same i.e. How to stop a Windows 10 Update that is in Progress?

Well, Every Month Microsoft releases a list of updates for its Windows 10 operating system.

Out of these updates, some are good to install while some are riskful (unless and until you are not using Windows 10 for testing purpose, or you are a developer and so on).

So, before explaining you How to Stop Windows 10 Update in progress, let me first explain to you all the different types of update Windows 10 have.

The Classification of Windows 10 Updates

Currently, Windows 10 provides us two types of update – The Feature Update and The Cumulative Update.

Now, while the Feature Update doesn’t require any classification, the Cumulative Update do.

Let’s talk about both these updates now to gain more insights.

Feature Updates

Feature Updates are the Major Windows 10 Update that rolls out twice per year – in around March and September.

Cumulative Updates

Now, Coming to the Cumulative update it rolls out every month.

Earlier, Windows 10 rolls out three Cumulative updates every month – in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th week.

These updates were called B, C, and D update.

Now, out of these three Cumulative updates some updates are risky to install and this article is all about How to stop installing these risky updates.

B Update (The Stable One)

Earlier, In the 2nd week of every month Microsoft releases the B update – a cumulative update but a stable one.

Hence, B updates are those that are good to install.

C and D Update (The Risky One)

Coming to the C and D Updates, earlier, Microsoft releases the C and D update in the 3rd and 4th week of every month.

C and D updates were also called the Rat Updates.

C updates are rolled out in 3rd week of every month whereas D updates are rolled out in the 4th week.

Microsoft called these updates the optional one and rolled them out just to test the bug improvements and the upcoming security patch that may become the part of next B update.

C and D are the updates I prefer one should not install as both of them are the test updates.

Earlier, while Microsoft make the C and D updates available to the user (to download and install them in their PC), the same is now not the case.

Microsoft now make only the what they call – The Quality Updates available to the user to download and Install.

These Quality updates are nothing but the Cumulative B Update.

So, What I try to say to you is, Now, all the updates a user is getting on his/her Windows 10 PC is safe to download and install – as per Microsoft.

However, still, some updates sometimes breaks and resposible to behave the Windows 10 unusal.

Now, suppose you are downloading such update and which the download is progress, you came to know the update is bugy then, what will you do in such a case.

There are two options:

  1. Either you Pause the update to download.
  2. Either you Stop the update to download.

Now, for the case I assumed above, the first option is irrelevant because if you pause the update, at some point you have to resume it and it will download and install on your system.

Now stopping the update to download, below I have explain it in detail.

How to Stop Windows 10 Update in Progress?

Currently, Microsoft doesn’t have given an option in Windows 10 to stop an update in progress. However, there are ways through which you can do so.

There are two methods through which you can stop a windows 10 update that is in progress.

Method 1

Via Windows Inbuilt Services App: Open Cortona and type Services. Right Mouse click on the app option and click on the Run as Administrator.

Windows 10 Services App


Once the service app is open find Windows Update Service and stop it.

Windows Update Service

Method 2

Via Stopping the Maintenance Option: Once you opt to install Windows 10 update, the automatic maintenance option in Windows 10 will run. If you stop this maintenance option then, Update is also going to stop. Just type Maintenance in cortona and open the first app.

Windows 10 Maintenance Option
Windows 10 Maintenance Option

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