The difference between Windows Update and Microsoft Update is: Windows Update provides updates for the operating system and related components, such as definition updates to the Windows Defender antispyware product and Junk Mail filter updates for Windows Mail. Whereas Microsoft Update, provides updates not only for the operating system, but also certain Microsoft software such as Microsoft Office, Windows Live applications, Microsoft Expression and some server products.
Just follow the few simple steps below to stop Windows Update website from automatically redirecting to Microsoft Update:
- Go to Windows Update or Microsoft Update site
- When you see the page asking you to click either Express or Custom, DO NOT click either one. At the left hand sidebar, click Change settings.
- Scroll right to the bottom of the page and you’ll see an option to disable Microsoft Update. Check “Disable Microsoft Update software and let me use Windows Update only” and click Apply changes now button. Click Yes to continue.
- You should get a confirmation page stating “You have successfully disabled the Microsoft Update software on your computer. To keep your computer up to date, make sure you have turned on Automatic Updates in Control Panel. You can also visit the Windows Update website at any time.”
Note: You can’t revert back to Microsoft Update from Change Settings page. You’ll need to follow this link to enable it back.
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