Windows Update behavior on Windows Server 2016

In Windows Server 2016, we improved the desktop experience to provide a consistent experience by leveraging the same shell UI as the Windows 10 Client. This greatly improves the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) experience and made it easier to find things. The same is true for updating Windows Server. We leverage the modern settings user interface (UI) to access and interact in a consistent experience with the settings that control servicing Windows Server.

Along with sharing the same modern settings UI, you may have noticed that we also use the same notification system. For example, when updates are found and ready to be installed, depending on policies, we notify you with either a small toast notification at the bottom right corner of the desktop, in the Action Center, or a large modal notification like the one shown below.




Not to worry, you can dismiss this notification by clicking the Get updates button – this will not install updates. If you are not ready to install the updates, simply:

     1. Click the “Get updates” button and which launches the Windows Update Settings page in the Settings UI.

     2. Close the Settings UI.

NOTE: This notification will reappear daily until the updates have been installed.


We realize this is a change in behavior and are interested in your feedback in the comments section below.

Comments (13)

  1. anon says:

    This is the same large annoying notification that is in Windows 10. There are 2 main problems to this way of notifying: 1 – The message box is unnecessarily large, AND steals window focus; 2 – Cannot be dismissed without clicking Get Updates, which opens up the settings window for updates.

  2. ALu says:

    Is there a way to suppress this large notification? If so, please provide this information or a link to that information.

    1. No there is not, but agree that having this ability is a good idea. I will file a bug on it and bring this to their attention. Thank you for the feedback.

    2. mdw says:

      Me too! Please offer a way to suppress this modal popup.

  3. mdw says:

    Got a BIG problem with Windows Update on Server 2016.

    I’ve downloaded: “Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2016 for x64-based Systems (KB3201845)”. It downloads, but then stops “forever” at: “Downloading updates 95%”. Absolutely nothing happens after that… no install or restart.

    Happening on multiple machines. They are all just sitting there right now. Some are production so don’t want to mess around.

    Help! Need a safe way forward.

    1. mdw says:

      More details… one server has been stuck at “Downloading updates 0%” for several hours!

      Another one finished but only after a couple of DAYS.

      Furthermore, while the server is stuck at any number (0 or 95) the entire machine slows to a crawl, even though less than 10% of the CPU is being used by visible processes.

      What the hell is going on?


      1. DEG says:

        Microsoft; Why are there no replies to this post? I am having the same problem.

        1. I am sorry to hear that you have had problems installing the update. Please contact us via our support channel so that we can collect additional data from you that will help us assist you in finding a resolution to the problem you are experiencing. You can reach our support at

  4. Vilius Šumskas says:

    The previous UI was fine as it was. Why on earth you guys remove features which were present before (like simple popup which can be closed or disabled), bring new popup which doesn’t have a basic controls and then call it inovation? Sorry, but I’m mad, because MS Server was the last server enterprises could trust, but now it is going at the same direction as all other “server” products: more marketing bull%$#% – less code.

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  5. Adam says:

    windows 10 & windows server 2016 just seem to be garbage, the simple task you want to do takes longer, windows updates is the most annoying thing ever, slows down the pc, having anjooying messages coming up all the time about updating, and the readom blue screens is just getting to me already, i already switch my windows 10 pc to windows 7 and wow how much better it runs

  6. Willy Iglesias says:

    This is very annoying when working in prod. environments. The ability to have this disabled is a must for any corp.!!!

  7. Steve Latsi says:

    Seems someone forgot to create a GPO setting to control this new functionality. Until this is fixed there are two options:

    disable windows update
    cd /d “%Windir%\System32”
    takeown /F MusNotification.exe
    icacls MusNotification.exe /deny Everyone:(X)
    takeown /F MusNotificationUx.exe
    icacls MusNotificationUx.exe /deny Everyone:(X)

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