I am gonna agree to disagree here and say it is a bad idea to turn off Windows Updates.
You have the option to change the settings to Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.
At the least, it is a visual reminder that Windows Updates (especially security updates) are available.
A lot of people thought they were smarter than Microsoft when they failed to install the SMBv1 security patch that was released in March.
Two months later, WannaCry devastated most of those systems. It was reported that Windows 7 was the most infected of all versions (after everyone thought it would be XP).
If you do frequent disk images and daily backups of your volatile (personal) data, you might be able to recover from a WannaCry-like infection.
And there will be more coming.
Best thing (IMO) is to get Windows Updates working...I run Windows 7 and have no issues.
See this tutorial on resetting Windows Updates in Windows 7 -
Up to you if you want to try beating the train to the crossing.
Edited by jwoods301, 11 July 2017 - 07:47 PM.