How to Block Windows 11 Updates

Not everyone is grinding at the bit, waiting to install Windows 11. Some are pretty satisfied with Windows 10 due to its stability, which is fair enough.

Every new OS on any device has teething issues in its first few months, and we can bypass using it until said issues are smoothed out.

We can’t do this without blocking Windows Update functionality completely.

Windows Update provides security updates to fix potential security holes or drawbacks in Windows, so it’s not an excellent idea to block it if we’re being honest. If you like to do it, though, follow the steps below.

Pause Windows Updates

The most straightforward way to block Windows 11 updates is to postpone Windows Updates until you’re ready to go ahead with it. Go to Settings; once you get there, select Update and Security.

Now Pause Updates for 7 Days. Don’t forget to keep doing it.

Turn Off Update Services

Press the Windows Key + R on your keyboard to bring up the Run window and type ‘services.msc’ to open the services Window.

From here, find ‘Windows Update’ from the services list and click ‘Stop.’

Ultimately, go to the general tab and change the startup type to ‘Disabled.’ This will stop Windows 11 Update from loading on startup.

Block Windows 11 Update With Registry Editor

Open the Run window and type ‘regedit.exe’ to open Registry Editor.

Navigate to the following location: ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate.’ Ultimately, set the ‘DWORD (32-bit)’ value to 1.

This should stop Windows 11 updates moving forward.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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