In Windows 11, updates are downloaded and installed automatically to help keep your device and data safe and make sure you get the latest improvements and bug fixes.
However, it is common for updates to be rolled out with issues that can negatively affect the experience.
Although it is impossible to completely disable Windows 11, there is an option that allows you to pause updates for one week temporarily.
If you want to disable updates permanently, you can change the Automatic Updates policy through Group Policy.
This guide will teach you the steps to prevent updates from being installed on Windows 11.
To disable automatic updates for Windows 11, use the following steps:
- Open Settings in Windows 11.
- Click Windows Update.
- Under the “More options” section, click on the “Pause for a week” button for the “Pause updates” setting.
- Windows 11 disables updates
Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 updates will stop downloading to your computer for at least one week or until you click the Resume Updates button.
Disable specific updates from downloading automatically
To prevent downloading a specific update on Windows 11, use the following steps:
- Open the Microsoft Download Center page.
- Click the download link to show or hide the updates troubleshooter.
- Double-click the wushowhide.diagcab file to run the tool.
- Click the Next button.
- Click on the Hide updates option.
- Windows 11 hides updates
- Select Windows 11 update or driver to block it.
- Windows 11 update blocked
- Click the Next button.
- Click the Close button.
After you complete the steps, the update will no longer be available through Windows Update.
However, when a newer version of an update is available, Windows Update will automatically download and install it.
Disable automatic updates with Group Policy
Alternatively, you can prevent updates from downloading automatically by adjusting Windows Update settings through Group Policy.
However, you can only use these steps on Windows 11 Pro since the Home edition does not have this tool.
To disable automatic updates through Group Policy on Windows 11, use the following steps:
Open the Start menu.
Search for gpedit and click on the top result to open the Group Policy editor.
Open the Administration and User Experience folder in the path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.
Double-click to open the Configure Automatic Updates policy.
Choose the Disabled option to permanently disable Windows Update.
Click the Apply button.
Click the OK button.
Once you complete the steps, Windows Update will no longer automatically install system updates on Windows 11. However, you will still be able to check for updates manually through the Settings app.
If you change your mind, you can undo the changes and re-enable automatic updates using the same instructions, but in step #5, select the “Not configured” option.
If you have Windows 11 Home, you can still disable updates using the registry.
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