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Windows Update is very important to keep your operating system up-to-date and secure. This guide has described five different ways to temporarily or permanently disable Windows 11 automatic updates.
How to disable the Windows 11 auto-update
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Set up your PC as a measured connection, If you’re looking for a way to temporarily stop Windows 11 automatic updates, this is the way to go and you should configure your PC. If you enable this setting, your data plan is restricted and the system will be instructed not to download any further updates.
How to enable this setting in Windows 11
- Right-click the network icon in the system tray and select the Network and Internet Settings option.
- The system will move to the following location-Settings> Network and Internet.
- Windows 11 Network and Internet Click Properties and slide the Meter Connection toggle to the right.
Deactivating Windows 11 auto-updates using Metered Connection
The operating system will no longer automatically download Windows 11 auto-updates to your computer. You will also be notified in advance if you need to download updates.
Note: This method will prevent your PC from installing automatic updates, but security or other important patches will continue to be downloaded or installed on your computer.
If you don’t want to install security or other critical updates on your Windows 11 PC, you can pause the updates for a week by following these simple steps:
- Press WinKey + I to start the setup. In the left pane, click Windows Update. Go to the right and click Pause for a week next to Pause Updates. This setting is in the Additional Options section. Week Break Windows 11 PC will not receive any more updates for the selected period.
Deactivate the Windows Update service
If you deactivate Windows 11 automatic updates for more than a week or completely, stop the services required for the update process. To receive timely updates, you need to run three services on your device. They are Windows Update, BITS, and encryption.
- To disable any of these services in Windows 11 Press – Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager. Once open, go to File and click Run New Task.
- In the Run dialog box, type services.MSC and click OK. When the Services window opens, scroll down to find the Windows Update Service. If you find this service, right-click it and click Properties.
- Use the drop-down menu next to Startup Type and select Disable. Disable the Windows 11 update service. Click Stop, then click Apply> OK. Now you can no longer receive updates on your Windows 11 PC.
Modify the registry
Every action you perform on your computer modifies the registry accordingly. If you want to modify the registry directly to turn off Windows 11 automatic updates, follow these steps:
- First, press Win + R to launch the Run dialog.
- Type Regedit next to the blinking cursor and click OK. In the registry window, go to the following location- Computer \ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows.
- Right-click on the Windows folder and do the following: New> Key. Rename the newly created key to “AU”. Go to the AU key, right-click anywhere in the blank area, and click New> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Rename this entry to “AUOptions”. Double-click on it and enter one of the following numbers as needed: Read the result obtained after entering any number in the AUOptions data field. Click OK to confirm your changes and restart your PC.
If you’re using Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Edition, you can use Group Policy instead to turn off automatic updates for Windows 11. To do this, use the following steps: – Press Win + X and click Run. Type gpedit.MSC and click OK. Once the Local Group Policy opens, go to the following location- Go to Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Windows Update> Manage End User Experience right pane and double-click Configure Automatic Updates. Enable the disabled radio button and click OK.
These methods will block all updates on your computer until you manually change the current configuration. You should stop receiving updates only if there is a problem with the latest cumulative updates. Doing this will instruct your PC not to download/install any more updates on your computer.