How to Pause Stalled Windows 10 Updates

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m almost ready to abandon Windows as my primary  operating system. ‘Been using Linux (Mint, Cinnamon 18) on a second computer here in the office for a year or so now, and it does almost everything I need, and without the hassles. 

One of my biggest frustrations with Windows 10 continues to be its update delivery system. Yesterday, for example, my main system chose first thing Monday morning to try downloading the big 1709 update. Of all the times it’d could’ve tried to do that, my busiest few hours of an average week! And this happens a lot. 

Out here in the boonies our DSL is s-l-o-w, and when an update is trying to download in the background, it slows everything else down (to what feels like dial-up levels! Remember dial-up, anyone?) And Windows 10 provides no easy way to pause downloads in “settings” directly. 

Thankfully, a bit of research found the following method for at least pausing it to get some work done, and I thought maybe you’d find it as useful as I have. 

To pause a “hung up” or untimely update until later, follow these steps:

Right-click the Start Menu and select Command Prompt (Right-click and “run as Administrator”. I keep a shortcut to the CP on my desktop for this now).

Enter “net stop wuauserv” (don’t include the quotes with any of these)
Enter “net stop bits” 
Enter “net stop dosvc”
Close the Command Prompt window. (typing “exit” and “enter” will do that quickly)
Each command may take a few seconds to complete.

To reverse the process and resume downloads later, follow these steps:

Right-click the Start Menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
Enter “net start wuauserv” (again, without the quotes)
Enter “net start bits”
Enter “net start dosvc”
Close the Command Prompt window.

That’s been working for me so I can at least get some work done. I left this machine running all night, hoping it would finish updating before I needed it again this morning. Nope. Still hung up at 18% this morning, so I ran the above commands again to pause it. Ugh. 

Come on, Microsoft, you’ve got to do better than this! 

Hope that’s of some help.  God bless you and yours, 

Dave Harnish

Wise men still seek Him
Acts 4:12

About Dave Harnish

I've been an appliance repair tech since 1972, with interests in most everything, including Bible study (I'm one of those KJV-only geezers), old Sunbeam Mixmasters, Maytag wringer washers, the outdoors, birds, hunting, metalworking, firewood cutting, and most anything going on outside on our mountain here in N. PA's 'Endless Mountains'.
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