Thursday, May 10, 2007
It turns out to be pretty easy. Courtesy of Coding Horror are two ways: you can either use the command line to shut off the Automatic Updates service or manually shut it off in the Services panel.
To shut it off manually:
1. Go to Start->Control Panel->Administrative Tools and double-click on Services.
2. Right-click on Automatic Updates and select Stop.
To use the command line:
1. Go to Start->Run. Type in "cmd" without quotes to open up the command line.
2. Now, type in "net stop wuauserv" without quotes and hit Enter.
A third way requires you to have Windows XP Professional. Read all about it here.
One thing to note is that the Automatic Updates service may auto-restart the next day after midnight rolls around so you'll have to do this again.