How to stop and disable Windows 11 updates

Windows 11 updates, which Microsoft sends to your system regularly, are meant to keep your operating system up to date. They are, for the most part, a good thing. But as longtime Windows users know, sometimes an update can go wrong, and so some prefer to delay updates for a week or two to make sure there aren’t any issues delivered with the update. In addition, updates sometimes come at an inopportune time – for example, when you are in the middle of a project with a tight deadline.

You can’t stop updates completely, but you can pause them. There is also a way to disable updates, but it is also not permanent. If you want to hold off in case of any potential glitch or prefer to put it off for as long as possible, here is how to adjust your settings.

Pause updates

  • tap on Started icon and select Settings
  • Opens Windows Update

Open Windows Update to see if you are up to date.

  • If you have any pending updates, you will find them listed at the top. You can also click File Check for updates button To see if you have any updates waiting for you. Otherwise, you will be told that you are up to date.
  • Right below, you will see the option to pause updates. On the right there is a button called Pause for a week That will let you.
  • If you want to pause for more than one week, click this button again, and you can extend the pause for up to three weeks.
  • If you want to restart updates, you will see that the button you used to check for updates now reads Resume updates. Click on it.

You can pause updates for up to three weeks.

You can pause updates for up to three weeks.

  • Unfortunately, unlike in Windows 10, where you can pause updates for up to 35 days, in Windows 11, you can only get those three weeks.

Set restart times

Windows will usually need to restart to finish installing updates—and since an update can take your PC out of service for anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, you might want to adjust restart times when appropriate.

  • On the Windows Update screen, select Advanced Options
  • Look for Notify me when a restart is needed to finish the update and run it. This way, you will know if the restart is coming, and if you want, you can reschedule the restart.
  • Just below that, tap work hours. Look for the dropdown menu on the right Adjust working hours and select either manually or automatically. If you choose the first option, you can specify the hours during which the restart will not take place (for example, if this is your work computer, you can choose not to restart between 9 AM and 5 PM). If you choose the latter option, the system will restart when not in use.

The advanced options allow you to modify the update settings.

The advanced options allow you to modify the update settings.

Disable updates

If you want to stop updates from happening for longer than that, there is a way to disable updates that have – to some extent – worked with Windows 10 and should also work with Windows 11. However, even with Windows 10, this wasn’t always the case; Most sites reported that eventually (especially with a reboot), updates resumed. However, this may give you some breathing space.

  • Use Win + R to open a file He runs square and type services.msc. success yes.

Type “services.msc in the box

Type “services.msc” in the Run box.

  • Scroll down to Windows Update And double-click it.

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Scroll down to “Windows Update”

  • In the Startup type drop down menu, select handicapped.

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Setting “Windows Update” to “Disabled” will stop updates – for a while

  • click OK And restart your computer.

If you change your mind, you can follow these steps to re-enable it. You can notice that you can choose Manual or Automatic. (Most Windows PCs are set to manual, which simply means that the update is triggered by an event and does not happen automatically on restart.)

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