How to pause or disable windows 11 updates


Windows 11 updates, which Microsoft delivers to your system regularly, are intended for keeping your system up-to-date. They're, most of the time, a good thing. However, as people who are long-time Windows users have experienced, an update can be a disaster, And that's why some prefer to hold off updates for a few days or weeks to ensure that there are no issues implemented with the update. Additionally, updates can occur at the worst possible time, such as when you're in the midst of a task with an extremely tight timeframe.

It isn't possible to stop updates completely. You cannot stop updates entirely; However, you can deactivate the process. There's also a way to deactivate updates, but it's not permanent. If you'd prefer to hold back in the event of issues or delay them until they are no longer necessary, Here's how you can modify your settings.

  • If any updates are pending and you'll see them at the top of the list. You can also click the "Check for updates" button to determine whether you have any updates in the queue. If there aren't any, you'll be informed that you're updated.
  • Just below, you'll be able to see an option to stop updates. There is a button called Pause for one week on the right side, which will allow you to do precisely this.
  • If you wish to stop for longer than a single week, click the button once more, and you will be able to prolong the Pause for at least three weeks.
  • If you're looking to start updates again, You'll notice that the button you used to look for updated versions is Resume updates. Click the button. 
  • However, unlike Windows 10, where you could stop updates for up 35 days, with Windows 11, you only have up to three weeks.

Adjust the RESTART TIMES

  • Windows typically requires a restart to complete installing updates. Since updates can put your system off service for anything from a few seconds to several hours, it's possible to change the times for restarts so that you can restart when it's most convenient. 
  • When you are on the Windows Update screen, select Advanced options.
  • Check for an alert that says "Notify Me" when there is a need for a restart needed to complete the update and turn it off. This way, you'll know whether a restart is imminent and if you'd prefer to delay the restart.
  • Below that, select active hours. You will see the drop-down menu on the bottom right. Adjust the time of operation and choose either manually or automatically. If you select the latter, you can choose the time during which it will not be restarted (for instance, if this is your computer at work, you may select not to restart between 9 a.m and 5 p.m.). If you select the latter, it will be restarted whenever you're not using it.

Disable UPDATES

If you wish to prevent updates from taking longer than this, there's an option to deactivate updates that worked at least in part -- with Windows 10 and should also be compatible with Windows 11. But, even with Windows 10, this was not a permanent solution; many sites said that eventually (especially after a reboot), updates would resume. This might give you a little breathing room, but. 

  • Open the Win+R Start box. Type in services. msc. Press Okay.
  • Click on Windows Update and double-click.
  • On the Startup type drop-down menu, choose Disabled. 
  • Click OK and then restart your computer.

If you decide to change your mind, follow these steps to enable it. You may have the option of choosing either Automatic or Manual. (Most Windows PCs come set to Manual, which implies that the upgrade triggers by an event but doesn't occur automatically upon rebooting.)


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