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How to Disable Automatic Updates on Windows 11


While automatic updates are a crucial aspect of keeping your Windows 11 system secure and up-to-date, there are instances when you might want to take control of when and how updates are applied. Whether you're managing bandwidth, avoiding disruptions during critical work, or simply prefer a manual update approach, this guide will walk you through the steps to stop automatic updates on Windows 11.

Understanding Automatic Updates

Windows 11, like its predecessors, comes with an automatic update feature designed to keep your system patched with the latest security fixes and enhancements. However, the operating system doesn't provide a built-in switch to turn off updates entirely. Instead, we'll explore alternative methods to gain more control over the update process.

Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these steps to stop automatic updates on Windows 11:

  1. Pause Updates:

    • Open the Start menu and select "Settings."
    • Click on "Windows Update" in the left-hand menu.
    • Under the "Windows Update" settings, click on "Pause updates" to temporarily halt automatic updates for up to 35 days.
  2. Change Active Hours:

    • In the "Windows Update" settings, select "Change active hours" to specify the time range during which Windows should avoid restarting your computer for updates. This helps prevent interruptions during your regular working hours.
  3. Metered Connection:

    • Set your internet connection as a "metered connection" to restrict background data usage, including automatic updates.
      • Go to "Settings" > "Network & Internet."
      • Click on "Wi-Fi" or "Ethernet," depending on your connection.
      • Select your network and toggle on the switch for "Set as metered connection."

Advanced Options

(For Windows Pro and Enterprise Users)

If you have Windows Pro or Enterprise edition, you can use the Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor to gain more control over updates. However, be cautious when using these tools, as modifying system settings can impact its stability.

  1. Group Policy Editor:

    • Press Win + R to open the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter.
    • Navigate to "Computer Configuration" > "Administrative Templates" > "Windows Components" > "Windows Update."
    • Double-click on "Configure Automatic Updates" and select "Disabled."
  2. Registry Editor:

    • Press Win + R, type regedit, and press Enter.
    • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU.
    • If the "AU" key doesn't exist, right-click on "WindowsUpdate" and create a new key named "AU."
    • In the right pane, right-click and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named NoAutoUpdate. Set its value to 1.

Conclusion

While Windows 11 encourages regular updates for security and performance improvements, taking control of when these updates occur can be beneficial for users with specific preferences or work requirements. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can pause updates, set active hours, and, for advanced users, use Group Policy or Registry Editor to disable automatic updates temporarily. Keep in mind that regularly updating your system is crucial for security, so consider re-enabling automatic updates periodically or manually installing them when convenient for you.

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Posted: 2023-12-08
By: dwirch
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