How to Disable Updates on Windows 11

Windows Updates can be annoying with their constant pop-ups and restarts. Additionally, if you’re someone bypassing Windows 11 requirements then they can also potentially break your setup. You might want to disable Windows Updates on your system for all these reasons and more. Here are how you can get started and all the options at your disposal to disable Windows Updates. 

What happens when you disable updates?

When you disable updates on Windows 11, depending on your set up you will stop receiving updates for the following Windows and Hardware components. 

  • Windows security updates
  • Windows feature updates
  • Windows cumulative updates
  • System drive updates
  • Hardware specific updates
  • Updated generic drivers for USB and other peripheral devices
  • OEM issued updates (optional)

And more. While it is recommended to keep your updates enabled, here’s how you can disable them on Windows 11. 

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How to disable updates on Windows 11

Follow the guide below to disable updates in Windows 11. We will first start by disabling Windows updates, and then subsequently disabling updates for Microsoft products and Microsoft Store apps. Let’s get started. 

1. Disable Windows Updates in 7 Ways

Here’s how you can disable Windows updates on your system depending on your preferences. You can opt for a temporary solution like pausing updates or opt for a more robust solution like disabling Windows Updates using GPO. Use either of the sections below to help you along with the process.

Method 1: Pause Updates

You can pause Windows updates from the Settings app for a set amount of time. You get the option to pause updates for a week maximum. Here’s how you can get started on your system. 

Press Windows + i on your keyboard and click Windows Update on your left.

Click Pause for 1 week.

Updates will now be paused for a week on your system.

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Method 2: Disable the Windows update service

You can also disable the Windows update service on your system. This helps you circumvent the time limitations when using the Settings app to disable updates on your system. Use the guide below to help you along with the process. 

Press Windows + R, type in the following, and press Enter

Run

Now, scroll down and double-click on Windows Update.

If it’s running, click on Stop.

Then click on the drop-down menu next to Startup type.

Select Disabled.

Click OK.

And that’s it! Windows update service will now be disabled on your system. We recommend you restart your system and the changes should take effect once your system boots up.

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Method 3: Using Group Policy Editor (GPO)

If you’re using Windows 11 Pro or higher, then you can use the Group Policy Editor or GPO to disable Windows Updates on your system. This is an enterprise-level solution that is quite robust and allows you to even selectively receive updates on your system. Use the guide below to help you disable Windows updates on your system using GPO. 

Press Windows + R, type in the following, and press Enter on your keyboard. 

gpedit.msc

Navigate to the following path using the left sidebar. 

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Manage end user experience

Now, on the right, double-click on Configure Automatic Updates.

To disable Windows updates completely, select Disabled.

Then click OK.

If you don’t want to disable Windows 11 updates entirely, then here’s how you can configure them instead.

Click Enabled for Configure Automatic Updates instead. 

In the Options: section, click on the drop-down menu and select one of the following options based on your requirements. 

  • 2: Notify for download and auto-install
  • 3: Auto download and notify for install
  • 4: Auto download and schedule the install
  • 5: Allow local admin to choose settings
  • 7: Allow download, Notify to install, Notify to restart

Once you’ve selected your Windows update configuration, click OK.

Restart your PC and the changes should now be in place as intended

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Method 4: Using the Registry Editor

You can also use the Registry Editor to configure or disable Windows Updates depending on your requirements. This is the ideal solution for Windows 11 Home users that currently do not have access to the Group Policy Editor. Follow the guide below to help you configure Windows Updates using the Registry Editor.

Press Windows + R, type in the following, and press Enter

regedit

Navigate to the following key:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Alternatively, you can copy the above and paste it into the Registry Editor’s address bar and press Enter.

Right-click on Windows and select New > Key.

Name this key WindowsUpdate and hit Enter.

Now, right-click this key and create a sub-key via New > Key.

Name this key AU.

With the newly created AU key selected, right-click in the space on the right and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Name this key AUOptions.

Double-click AUOptions and change its value to one of the following numbers depending on the configuration you prefer.

  • 2: Notify for download and auto-install
  • 3: Auto download and notify for install
  • 4: Auto download and schedule the install
  • 5: Allow local admin to choose settings
  • 7: Allow download, Notify to install, Notify to restart

Once done click OK. And that’s it! You will now have disabled Windows Updates using the Registry Editor.

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Method 5: Using metered connection

A metered connection will help limit Windows’ activities in the background. It will also allow you to take advantage of the Windows Updates option and block updates indefinitely. Use the guide below to help you set it up on your PC.

Note: Windows Security updates will still be allowed on a metered connection considering their priority.

Press Windows + i and click on Network & internet.

Click Wi-Fi.

Select your Wi-Fi connection.

Turn on the toggle for Metered connection.

Now click Windows Update.

Click Advanced options.

Ensure the toggle for Download updates over a metered connection is turned off.

And that’s it! Windows will now respect your network settings and disable automatic updates on a metered connection. Keep in mind that you will continue to receive updates over networks that haven’t been set as a metered connection on your PC yet.

Method 6: Hide updates

Microsoft has a Windows update troubleshooter tool that lets you hide (or show) specific updates that you don’t want to be installed while keeping everything else up to date. 

This is the ideal solution if you’re trying to avoid forced bios or driver updates issued by your OEM. You can also use this utility to regularly block future updates on your system to prevent it from updating. Follow the steps below to help you along with the process.

Download and run the tool linked above. Once open, click Next.

The tool will now look for available and hidden updates for your system.

Click on Hide updates.

Now select the available update that you want to hide. These will be hidden and won’t show up for your system unless you unhide them. Click Next.

Once the selected updates are hidden, click on Close.

The selected updates will now be hidden from your system.

Method 7: Using a third-party app

There are tons of apps that help you disable Windows Updates on Windows 11. We recommend you use Win Update Stop. Download the tool linked below and follow the subsequent steps to help you along with the process. 

  • Win Update Stop | Download Link

Run the application once downloaded, and click Disable.

And that’s it! You will now have disabled updates using Win Update Stop. 

You can also opt for a portable alternative like Windows Update Blocker. Use the guide below to help you block updates using the same. 

  • Windows Update Blocker | Download Link

Download and extract the archive linked above. Run the Windows Update Blocker app contained within. Select Disable Updates.

Click Apply Now. And that’s it! Windows Updates should now be disabled on your system.

2. Disable Updates for Microsoft Products on Windows 11

Microsoft Products like Office, OneDrive, and more receive updates via Windows Update. You can stop this behavior by using the guide below.

Press Windows + i and click Windows Update.

Click Advanced options.

Turn off the toggle for Receive updates for other Microsoft products.

You will now have disabled updates for Microsoft Products on your system.

3. Disable Updates for the Microsoft Store on Windows 11

Microsoft Store is another application that can auto-update all store apps in the background automatically. This can cost you resources, power, and data depending on your setup. You can disable the same by using the guide below. 

Launch the Microsoft Store on your system and click your profile picture in the top right corner.

Select App Settings.

Turn off the toggle for App updates.

And that’s it! Store apps will no longer be updated in the background on your system.

Why disable updates on Windows 11

Though turning off Windows updates is not generally recommended, there are cases when it becomes necessary to do so.

It isn’t a rare thing to receive updates that bring their own set of security vulnerabilities and bugs, and many have had to suffer because of it in the past.

Similarly, if you don’t want Windows automatically updating your hardware drivers because, say, the latest version is causing you trouble and you’ve opted for an older one, you may benefit from keeping Windows updates disabled.

Some users also like having more granular control over their updates and configure Windows updates to notify them before downloading and installing any so they can review them and decide which ones to let through. 

How to uninstall installed updates on Windows 11

Here’s how you can uninstall Windows updates on Windows 11. Follow the steps below to help you along with the process. 

Press Windows + i and click Windows Update.

Click Update history.

Scroll down and select Uninstall updates.

Select the update you wish to remove by clicking on it and selecting Uninstall.

Click Yes to confirm.

Note: Some minor updates might not be available in this list.

How to unhide hidden updates on Windows 11

You can unhide hidden updates via the Windows troubleshooter tool using the guide below. 

Run the troubleshooter we downloaded earlier and click Next. 

Select Show hidden updates.

Check the boxes for the updates you wish to unhide. Click Next once done.

You might be asked to restart your system once the troubleshooter is done. If not, click Close.

Windows updates should now be visible on your system and you can install the same using the Settings app. 

FAQs

Here are a few commonly asked questions about disabling Windows updates on Windows 11.

Should I disable updates on Windows 11?

Windows Updates should be disabled only if there’s a great need for it. If you’re not suffering from any buggy patches and if all your drivers are functioning without a hitch, keep Windows updates on.

Though the updates that you get aren’t always perfect, they are the only source of future security patches and cumulative updates that you’re invariably going to need sooner or later.

Can I permanently disable updates on Windows 11?

Yes, you can permanently disable updates. Even though Microsoft is quite aggressive in forcing users to keep Windows updated, and for good reasons too, the methods mentioned in this guide will help you prevent that.

Will I need to disable updates again?

In case you reset Windows, reinstall updates or install a feature update, you might have to update your configurations again to disable Windows updates. However, Windows should respect your settings when updating Microsoft Store and other products manually.

Can I re-enable updates?

Yes, simply revert the changes we made above and restart your system. You can then use the Settings app to check and install updates available for your system.

We hope this post helped you easily disable Windows updates on your system. If you face any issues or have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below. 


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