How to Auto Download Windows Update for Windows Server 2016


I like to configure my servers to download windows update automatically ahead of time.

When I can choose to manually install them later, I can install them right away without waiting for the download.


To do this in Windows Server 2016 is not straight forward, I haven’t found a way to do it using the desktop UI.


I have to do it via command line.

  1. Run a command line prompt as an admin.
  2. Type “sconfig”
  3. Type “5” to select “Windows Update Settings”
  4. Type “D” to select DownloadOnly