Windows 10 Restart/Shutdown Without Update

Abby | Mar 22,2022 10 min read

How to shut down PC without updating

I often need to shut down my laptop and leave quickly (lots of commuting for work). However, when an update is "available", my only option is "update and shutdown". I don't have time to wait for an update to apply. How do I shut down WITHOUT updating?

This is a fragment taken from the Reddit forum, under the comments, we surprisingly find that lots and lots of people are dissatisfied with the compulsory Windows 10 update rule by Microsoft. When the automatic update feature is turned on, it downloads the update for you in the background and leaves the option "update and shutdown" instead of the original "shutdown". As a result, for some problematic updates, you have to sit there in front of the computer and wait! From 10 minutes to 10 hours or even longer! The consuming time depends on whether the update is installing with trouble or not.

Method 1. Shut down the computer without installing the update

First, here are some direct answers to shut down your computer without necessarily installing the update.

Option 1. Skip the shutdown and update option, shut down the Windows 10 computer using cmd.

Option 2. Log out the current user account and shut down using cmd.

Now, follow the detailed guide:

Step 1. In the Command Prompt, which you press "Windows + X" and select the option "Command Prompt (Admin)", type shutdown /s to power off your computer.

Step 2. Type shutdown /l to Log off your computer.

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Method 2. Remove "Update and Shutdown" from the Start menu

Meanwhile, we provide you with an optional choice to permanently remove the "Update and Shutdown" in the Power button from the Start menu.

Option 1. Disable Windows 10 automatic updates

Option 2. Backup and Restore the old Windows 10 Update

Go on with option 1 if you're tired of receiving all the available Windows 10 updates. Try to remove this feature off from your computer and never update.

Step 1. Open the Run command (Win + R), type: services.msc, and press "Enter".

Step 2. From the Services list which appears, find the Windows Update service and open it.

Step 3. In Startup Type under the General tab, change it to "Disabled".

Step 4. Follow Method 1 1 to shut down the computer using cmd.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup software and then choose "File", "Disk/partition" or "OS" for different backup purpose.

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Step 2. Choose the system, disk partition, files or apps that you want to back up. Then click "Browse" to select a destination where you want to store the backup file.

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Step 3. Click "Save" to start the data backup process.

After you back up your OS, you can use the System Recovery feature in EaseUS Todo Backup to restore the old system state if the unwanted update is installed by force.

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