How to Stop Automatic Updates on Windows 11 - Windows Basics


Tuesday, February 8, 2022

How to Stop Automatic Updates on Windows 11

Microsoft regularly releases updates to patch bugs for its operating system as well as its products and services. Windows 11 is also not an exception to this policy, so it will be regularly updated with patches.

However, Microsoft's tradition is and one error begets another. Therefore, sometimes users updating Windows 11 encounter more annoying errors that previously had no problems.

In this article, I will show you how to turn off Windows Update on Windows 11 operating system. Turning off updates will help you maintain a stable operating state of your computer and can be proactive in choosing whether or not to update. update or not.

A. Pause Automatic Windows 11 Updates via the Settings

In Windows Update settings, Microsoft has an option that allows you to suspend Windows 11 updates for 7 days. This is an option for those who want to temporarily maintain the state of the computer and want to update in the near future.

1. Click Start then select Settings or press the keyboard shortcut Windows Keys + I to open Settings.

2. Click Windows Update. In the Windows Update window you can check information such as the latest update, update history...

3. Click the drop-down for Pause updates and select 1 week to 5 weeks. to temporarily stop updating Windows 11 within the next week. You should note that after this period, Windows Update will automatically download and install previously suspended updates. So, if you want to permanently disable updates you will need to follow the methods below.

B. Disable Automatic Windows 11 Updates Using Update Services
You can stop Windows 11 automatic updates permanently by disabling the Windows Update service. It is a Windows component responsible for checking for and downloading new updates as they become available.

1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog. Type services.msc and click OK to open the Service Manager.

2. In the Services window, locate the Windows Update service. Right-click on the service and select Properties.

3. Click the drop-down for Startup type, and select Disabled.

4. Click OK and Apply to save the changes. Restart your PC to complete the changes, and that should disable automatic updates on Windows 11.

C. Disable Windows 11 Automatic Updates via Group Policy Editor

Before doing this, you need to note that Windows 11 Home will not have a Group Policy Editor. Therefore, this guide is not intended for Windows 11 Home users.

1. Press Win + R to open Run then type gpedit.msc and press Enter to open Group Policy Editor.

2. You find the folder path Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components then switch to the right box to find the Windows Update item.

3. You open the Windows Update folder then search and double-click Configure Automatic Updates and then select Disabled to disable Windows Update. After selecting, click Apply and OK to confirm.

D. Stop Windows 11 Automatic Updates Using Registry Editor

You can tweak many system settings and store configurations using the Registry Editor. It can also help you block automatic updates for Windows 11.

Note: that making incorrect modifications to your registry entries can render your system useless. Make sure to create a restore point before making any changes to your computer.

1. Press Windows Keys + S to open the Windows Search bar. Type registry editor and open it from the search results.

2. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:


3. Right-click the Windows (folder) key, select the New submenu, and choose the Key option.

4. Rename the key as WindowsUpdate.

5. Right-click the newly created key, select the New submenu, and choose the Key option

6. Rename it as AU.

7. To do this, right-click on the AU key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

8. Rename the value as NoAutoUpdate.

9. Double-click on the NoAutoUpdate value. Enter 1 in the Value data field. Click OK to save the changes.

10. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer to apply the changes.

E. Disable Windows 11 Update with Third-party Tool

If you are looking for an easy way to stop Windows 11 updates, you can run third-party software - EaseUS Clean Genius. With this tool, you can disable windows 11 automatic updates permanently without wasting your time. Run this tool and follow the instructions below.

1. DOWNLOAD EaseUS CleanGenius for free and install it on your computer.

2. Launch EaseUS CleanGenius and go to Optimization.

3. The tool will detect the status of the Windows Update service automatically. If Windows Update is currently enabled, click the switch to stop the service.

4. To check if the Windows 11 updater has turned off or not, you can access Services by pressing Windows Keys + R to open Run then type services.msc and press Enter.

5. Find and double click on the Windows Update service and you will see Stopped in the Service status section.

Check Windows Update Status

Good luck!

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