Microsoft and we always recommend you to install latest Windows Updates for smooth functioning of your system. In absence of latest updates, you may face trouble in operating your Windows.
In case if updates doesn’t works well or you want to disable Windows Updates, you can do so by blocking them via Group Policy or set connection as Metered as mentioned in this article. Even then, Windows Updates will be still detected but won’t downloaded automatically.
If you want to prevent even detection of Windows Updates, you can do so by disabling Windows Update service. For that you may also need to disable Windows Update Medic Service (WaaSMedicSvc).
What Is Windows Update Medic Service?
By service definition, it enables remediation and protection of Windows Update components. This means if Windows Update feature is facing issues in working, it will heal that and make sure your system keeps receiving Windows Updates.
For other services, the Startup type is either Automatic, Manual or Disabled but for this service Startup type is System. Due to this reason, you can’t disable the service and when you do so, you receive ‘Access is denied‘ message.
How To Configure Windows Update Medic Service
Some users may want to disable Windows Update Medic Service in case if they no longer want to receive updates or for any other reason. But as we mentioned above, you can’t disable the service by setting its Startup type as Disabled. For that, you need to try this simple registry manipulation:
1. Open Registry Editor by running
2. Go to
3. In right pane, double click on
Start registry DWORD to modify its Value data.
4. Set the Value data to 4 to disable Windows Update Medic Service. Click OK. Close Registry Editor and reboot to make changes effective.
After restarting your system, the service should be disabled.
To re-enable the service later, restore
Start registry DWORD Value data to 1.