Windows updates, disable automatic scheduling


Good day,

I’m running a game server on Windows server 2019 version of lightsail.

Today the instance did it’s auto update without any warning right after I closed rdp.

Fortunately we’re in a beta stage so no huge loss, but I want to prevent it from doing this as it does cause loss of data to the users of the game without proper server shutdowns.

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Hi YulRun,
From my understanding you would like to turn off/disable automatic updates on your Windows 2019 server. The Local Group Policy Editor allows you to disable automatic updates.

To disable automatic updates on Windows permanently, you can use these steps:
• Right-click Start and click Run.
• Type gpedit.msc, and click OK.
• Expand Local Computer Policy.
• Expand Computer Configuration.
• Expand Administrative Templates.
• Expand Windows Components.
• Double click Windows Update
• Double-click the Configure Automatic Updates policy on the right side
• Check the Disabled option to turn off automatic updates permanently -> If the status for this policy is set to Disabled, any updates that are available on Windows Update must be downloaded and installed manually. To do this, search for Windows Update using Start.
• Click the Apply button.
• Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, the system will stop downloading updates automatically. However, the ability to check for updates manually will still continue to be available on Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and clicking the Check for updates button to download the most recent patches.

If (in the future) you want to enable automatic updates again, you can use the exact instructions outlined above, but on step/bullet No. 9, make sure to select the Not Configured option.

For more ways to disable automatic updates on Windows you can check: (remember this is not an official AWS link which means you use it at your own risk)

I hope this helps!

answered 2 years ago

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