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    I have Windows 7 set to download updates and let me install them as opposed to auto download and install. This works fine because it lets me do the updates on my schedule. But I've noticed that I have no control on when Windows checks for and downloads updates. Sometimes things just show up in the middle of the day. Is there a way to change when Windows checks for updates?

    P.S. fully automated updates have the option of saying when they are going to install, but I don't think this alters when Windows checks for updates.
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    You can select "Never check for updates".
    Then every Tuesday or Wednesday you can revert to "Check for updates but let me
    choose whether to install and download them" as a spot check.

    I know of no way to change when Windows Update visits it's server for update info.
    You may be able to temporarily block it with a 3rd party tool from your end, but I don't think it's worth it.

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    The site dates to 2006. It might be worth a look at since it deals in registry values/changes.
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    Since Microsoft updates generally come out the second Tuesday of every month, you can plan for them that day. Because you do not have them set to auto install, they will wait for you to decide what to do. I guess I do not understand the problem of them showing up when they do, because they just sit there and don't do anything until you tell them to install. I also know of no way to change the time that the update server is checked. Out of sequence updates are difficult to do anything about but since these are generally critical updates you should accept them when they arrive.
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    It is my understanding that critical update information is done by "push" from Microsoft. If that is the case, there's no real way to control the timing, other than to totally disable Windows Updates and run them completely manually.

    Of course, I could be wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbearren View Post
    It is my understanding that critical update information is done by "push" from Microsoft. If that is the case, there's no real way to control the timing, other than to totally disable Windows Updates and run them completely manually.

    Of course, I could be wrong.
    These "Out of Cycle" (I believe this is what these are called) updates are pushed to fix (sometimes temporarily) a critical problem that MS believes cannot wait until the normal second Tuesday update period. Even these critical updates are controlled by the user on when or even if they are installed.

    I do not believe a user can schedule when the update server is checked for updates without just turning off automatic updates completely. If the OP turns off automatic updates completely, they he can choose the time to check for updates. Just do not forget to do this unless you do not wish to receive any updates.
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    OH look what I found.

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    RR, I think this just illustrates the point that a user can schedule when to install updates. The original OP wishes to schedule when his PC checks with the MS update server. The only way I know to do this is to turn off Auto updates completely and turns it back on at a time of his own choosing to download the updates at that time.
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    Ted, I stand corrected, the last time I looked at settings was with XP Pro
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