SOLVED: How To Set Windows Updates to Manual on Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012R2

Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012R2 defaults Windows Updates to DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL and there is no obvious way to change those settings.  Here are two easy ways to set Windows Update as you see fit:

windows update - sconfig1 – SCONFIG

  1. Open a CMD PROMPT as an Administrator
  2. Type SCONFIG and press ENTER
  3. Type 5 and press ENTER
  4. Type M for Manual (or D for Download Only) and press ENTER

If SCONFIG still shows WINDOWS UPDATES are set to CUSTOM, go to the next method:

Windows Update Configuration Local Security Policy or GPO2 – LOCAL SECURITY POLICY or GROUP POLICY

  1. Click START and type GPEDIT.MSC and press ENTER (or open the GROUP POLICY MANAGEMENT CONSOLE and open an existing GPO or start a new one)
  2. Expand COMPUTER CONFIGURATION > ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS > WINDOWS COMPONENTS > WINDOWS UPDATE
  3. Double click on CONFIGURE AUTOMATIC UPDATES
  4. Select either DISABLED (equivalent to MANUAL) or ENABLED and select what you would like from the drop down list

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