The problem I am having is that the options my Automatic Updates window are all grayed out.It is set to "automatic", and it won't let me change anything.Below are for changing/disabling Windows Update in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Here are more details on all the "advanced" Windows Update settings that are available to you in Windows 10: Automatic (recommended): Choose this option to automatically download and install updates of all kind, both important security patches as well as not-as-important non-security updates, like feature improvements and minor bugs.Notify to schedule restart: Choose this option to automatically download updates of all kind, security, and non-security.The opening page shows you the number of updates waiting to be installed, their relative importance, whether or not they are optional, and what they are for, so you can determine which ones you want.If you click the Change Settings link you can decide whether or not to install them automatically, without consulting you, install them manually, at your convenience, when and how often to check for updates, or turn automatic updating off altogether.I am plagued by the automatic updates coming in and requiring me to rebooot at the most inopportune times.I've gone to services and disabled the automatic updates service, to prevent these updates from coming in, but I still can't get this automatic updates window to allow me to make changes there.
When you first turned on your new computer or were finishing your Windows operating system install, you told Windows Update how you wanted it to act - a little more automatic or a little more manual.
If your original decision isn't working out, or you need to change how it works to avoid repeating an auto-update issue, like what happens on some Patch Tuesdays, you can simply adjust how Windows receives and installs updates.
Depending on your version of Windows, this could mean downloading but not installing the updates, notifying but not downloading them, or even disabling Windows Update completely.
These are meant to plug newly discovered loopholes and vulnerabilities that could be used to infect your machine, or allow hackers to get at your data, and those you do want.
To take charge go to Control Panel menu and click Windows Updates.