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How to disable automatic updates on Windows 11

You can still disable automatic updates on Windows 11, and in this guide, you'll learn how.

Windows 11 disable automatic updates
  • To disable Windows 11 automatic updates, open Settings > Windows Update.
  • Click the “Pause for 1 week” button to disable updates.
  • You can also use Group Policy to disable automatic updates.

On Windows 11, updates download and install automatically to help keep your device and data secure and ensure you have the latest improvements and bug fixes. However, it’s common for updates to roll out with problems that can negatively affect the experience.

Although it’s impossible to disable Windows 11 completely, there’s 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.

Disable automatic updates on Windows 11

To disable Windows 11 automatic updates, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Under the “More options” section, click the “Pause for 1 week” button for the “Pause updates” setting.

    Windows 11 disable updates

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 updates will stop downloading on your computer for at least one week or until you click the Resume updates button.

Disable specific updates from downloading automatically

To prevent a specific update from downloading on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open the Microsoft Download Center page.

  2. Click the download link for the Show or hide updates troubleshooter.

  3. Double-click the wushowhide.diagcab file to launch the tool.

  4. Click the Next button.

  5. Click the Hide updates option.

    Windows 11 hide updates

  6. Select the Windows 11 update or driver to block.

    Windows 11 update blocked

  7. Click the Next button.

  8. 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 However, when a newer version of the update becomes available, Windows Update will automatically download and install it.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 the Windows Update settings through Group Policy. However, you can only used these steps on Windows 11 Pro since the Home edition doesn’t have this tool.

To disable automatic updates through Group Policy on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for gpedit and click the top result to open the Group Policy Editor.

  3. Open the “Manage and user experience” folder in the path:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.
  4. Double-click to open the “Configure Automatic Updates” policy.

    Configure automatic updates policy

  5. Choose the Disabled option to disable Windows Update permanently.

    Windows 11 disable automatic updates

  6. Click the Apply button.

  7. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, Windows Update will no longer install system updates automatically on Windows 11. However, you would 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 on step No. 5, select the Not Configured option.

In the case you have Windows 11 Home, you can still disable updates using the Registry. You can check this video to learn how.