How to Uninstall the Windows Update Agent

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Uninstalling the Windows Update Agent is something that you do from the Control Panel. Uninstall the Windows Update Agent with help from a Microsoft senior technology adviser in this free video clip.

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I'm Symon Perriman, I'm here at Microsoft's headquarters. And I'm going to show you how to uninstall the Windows Update Agent. Well, why would you want to do this? Well, in general you don't want to uninstall the Update Agent because it keeps your computer healthy. The real reason why you would want to do this is if you're using some other updating service. Maybe your company has some other way to go and maintain your computers. If that's the case, you probably don't want to go and uninstall it entirely. You're just going to to want to disable ti, so that you can re-enable it later. And that's what I'm going to show you how to do right now. From our desktop, we're going to for Windows Update. And this will give us our main management console to apply all of our different updates. Now it's always a recommendation to apply these updates that thoroughly test it. And they're going to ensure that your computer works better and has less security vulnerabilities. If you want to change the different settings, you can simply click Change Settings. And from here it will allow you to configure how frequently they download it and whether they get installed. Now for our particular case, we want to go ahead and actually disable the agent entirely because we're going to be using some other type of updating mechanism. To do this, we're going to search for MSConfig. And MSConfig is basically our start up configuration utility. From this, we go and click the services tab. We sort alphabetically by services and if we scroll down to the bottom, we see Windows Update. What we're going to do is de-select this check box and it is going make sure that the next time we use our computer, it's disabled, it is not going to start. So, I'm going to click Apply, I'm going to click O.K. And then, it prompts me to restart my computer. You can restart it now, or restart it later. In this case, I'm just going to go restart it later. But the agent will still continue to run until the next reboot.

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