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How to Stop Windows 11 from Automatically Updating

Feb 14, 2023

Microsoft will release some updates to Windows 11 from time to time, including Quality Updates to fix system bugs, Feature Updates to add new features, Driver Updates to improve hardware performance, Definition Updates to provide system security, and updates to other related products and tools. But updates may also bring new system problems, so not all users are willing to apply all Windows 11 updates at all times. In fact, we can turn off Windows Update in some ways. Below we introduce 3 ways to stop Windows 11 from automatically updating.

Method 1: Pause Windows Update in Settings

Step 1. Open the Settings

Use the shortcut key Win or left-click the Start menu to open the Settings.

Step 2. Pause updates

Click Windows Update on the left sidebar. After entering the Windows Update interface, pull down the checkbox of the Pause updates and choose the time to pause Windows updates, for example, you can choose Pause for 1 week, Pause for 2 weeks, etc.

Method 2: Disable Windows Update in Services

Step 1. Open the Run box

Use the shortcut key Win+R to open the run box.

Step 2. Open the Service

Enter services.msc in the run box, click OK or directly press Enter key to open the Service.

Step 3. Open Windows Update Properties

Find Windows Update in the service, double-click the left mouse button to open it.

Step 4. Disable Windows Update

In the Startup type column, change the option to Disabled, and then click the OK button.

Method 3: Disable Automatic Updates in Group Policy

If you are using Windows 11 Pro, you can disable Windows System updates by using Local Group Policy Editor. You can check which version you are using by following steps: click Start menu, and then open Settings. Under System, select About, and under Windows Specifications, look for Edition. If it is displayed as Windows 11 pro, it meets the conditions for using Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 1. Open the Search

Click the Start button or use the shortcut key Win+S to open the Search.

Step 2. Open the Local Group Policy Editor panel

Enter gpedit.msc, and then click the gpedit.msc option under Best Match to enter the Local Group Policy Editor panel.

Then follow this path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Manage end user experience

Step 3. Open Configure Automatic Updates panel

Click Configure Automatic Updates option to open it.

Step 4. Disable updates

Check the Disable - OK option to permanently turn off the automatic update of Windows 11.


The above are the methods of how to disable system updates in Windows 11. If you have other problems with computer usage, you can visit WiseCleaner, which has a lot of computer tips.