How to pause and disable Windows 11 updates

Windows 11 updates, which Microsoft regularly sends to your system, aim to keep your operating system up to date. They’re mostly a good thing. But as longtime Windows users know, an update can go wrong, and some therefore prefer to defer updates by a week or two to ensure there are no issues with the delivery of the update. Also, updates sometimes come at an inconvenient time—like when you’re in the middle of a project with a tight deadline.

You cannot stop updates overall, but you can pause them. There is also a way to disable updates, but again, this isn’t permanent. If you’re waiting for potential disruptions, or prefer to delay them for as long as possible, you can adjust your settings as follows.

pause updates

  • press the begin icon and select settings
  • Open minded windows update

Open Windows Update to see if you're up to date.

Open Windows Update to see if you’re up to date.

  • If updates are pending, they will be listed at the top. You can also click Check for updates button to see if updates are waiting. Otherwise you will be informed that you are up to date.
  • Just below you will see the option to Pause updates. On the right is a labeled button pause for 1 week so you can do just that.
  • If you want to pause longer than a week, click this button again and you can extend the pause up to three weeks.
  • If you choose to restart updates, you’ll see that the button you used to check for updates says now continue updates. Click on it.

You can pause updates for up to three weeks.

You can pause updates for up to three weeks.

  • Unfortunately, unlike Windows 10, where you could pause updates for up to 35 days, in Windows 11 you only get up to those three weeks.

Adjust restart times

Windows usually needs to be restarted to finish installing updates — and since an update can take your computer offline for a few minutes to a few hours, you might want to adjust restart times when it’s most convenient.

  • Select from the Windows Update screen Expanded options
  • Search Notify when a reboot is required to complete the update and turn it on. That way you’ll know if a reboot is coming up and can postpone the reboot if you want.
  • Click directly below active hours. Look for the drop down menu to the right of Adjust active hours and choose either Manually or Automatically. If you choose the former, you can choose the hours when it won’t restart (e.g. if this is your work computer, you can choose not to restart between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM). If you choose the latter, the system will restart when you are not using it.

The advanced options allow you to customize your update settings.

The advanced options allow you to customize your update settings.

disable updates

If you want to prevent updates for longer, there’s a way to disable updates that worked – to some extent – with Windows 10 and should work with Windows 11 too. But even with Windows 10, this wasn’t permanent; Most websites reported that the updates eventually resumed (particularly on reboot). However, this may give you some breathing room.

  • Use Win+R to open the run box and type services.msc. blow OK.


Type “services.msc” in the Run box

  • Scroll down to windows update and double click on it.

Scroll down to Windows Update

Scroll down to Windows Update

  • In which startup type Select drop down menu Handicapped.

If you set Windows Update to Disabled, updates will stop - for a while

If you set Windows Update to Disabled, updates will stop – for a while

  • click OK and restart your PC.

If you change your mind, you can follow these steps to turn it back on. You may find that you can choose Manual or Automatic. (Most Windows PCs are set to Manual, which simply means that the update will be triggered by an event and not automatically on reboot.) How to pause and disable Windows 11 updates

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