Shutdown Windows without installing updates

windows-2008-r2-logo Today I want to migrate a Windows 2008 R2 server from a VMware 4.x to a new VMware 5.x environment. I will perform a cold migration. As in any project I want to migrate this server with the smallest down time possible.

When I log on to the server and open the start menu I notice that there is an orange imageexclamation mark next to the shutdown button. This exclamation mark indicates that there are Windows Update ready to install.  Now because I want to minimize the downtime of this server I want to be able to skip the installation of the Windows Updates. These installations can be done in the proper Windows Update Maintenance Window.

The start menu it self is not going to provide the solution. If you unfold the little black triangle on the right side of the shutdown button you are not presented with the option that we are looking for.


The solution is as simple as effective. All you need to do is enter the following key combination (Alt + F4) .

You are then presented with the ‘Shut Down Windows’ window. The default selected option is ‘Install updates and shutdown’, but we can easily choose the option ‘Shut down’. Enter the proper information in the ‘Shutdown Event Tracker’ and shut down the server.

When I try the same solution in Windows 8.1, I don’t see the shut down without installing the Windows updates.

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