How to Remove Windows Update Agent

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Removing Windows Update Agent from your computer allows you to choose when you want to update your operating system. The update agent, when active, checks for updates for your computer every time you are connected to the computer. This can slow down your Internet connection, especially if you are using a dial-up connection.

Step 1

Click on the "Start" menu at the bottom right side of the tool bar.

Step 2

Go to "Program Files" and look for "Windows Update." If Windows Update is not listed in your Program Files, click on "Control Panel" in the "Start" menu.

Step 3

Double-click on the "Windows Update" to open it.

Step 4

Click on the "File" tab once the "Windows Update" has loaded.

Step 5

Select "Uninstall Update" to uninstall the Windows Update Agent. Click "Yes" in the dialog window that opens.

Step 6

Type "msconfig" into the "Run" or "Search" box in the Start menu. This opens a window that contains your startup files. Click on the "Start Up" tab and scroll down to find "Windows Update." Unclick the box beside "Update. " Click on "Apply" and then choose "Close."

Step 7

Click on "Restart" in the dialog box that appears to restart the computer and save the settings. If you have important files running that you cannot end at the moment, click on "Exit Without Restart." This changes the settings the next time you reboot the computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you uninstall the "Windows Update Agent" you will have to go to the Windows website and have them scan the computer for updates at least once a month.