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How to Stop Automatic Updates on Windows 11

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How to disable Windows 11 Updates

Automatic updates on Windows 11 can often be a great way to keep up with new features, and apps, and in some cases can save you from critical vulnerabilities that might leave your system open to hackers. In some cases, these updates can get in the way and can even break your system more if the software you use is not compatible, or the update is known to cause bad.

In today’s TechSplat guide, we take a look at how you can disable automatic updates on Windows 11.

How to disable Automatic Updates on Windows 11

You can pause Windows Updates for up to 4 weeks from the settings menu, but as you are looking to disable automatic updates – we will cover both steps. To disable automatic updates for up to four weeks – head into “Windows Update” and click “Postpone Updates”.

To disable automatic updates on Windows 11 for a longer period, then please follow the below steps.

  1. Click the Windows Icon, type “Services” and run as Administrator. (If you’re an administrator account already, you should be able to simply click it. If not – right-click the app and “Run as Administrator”.
Services App in Windows 11
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and double-click “Windows Update” Tip: You can click on any service (or highlight it) – and press “W” to skip to the services starting with “W”. 
Disable Windows Update on Windows 11

3.From this page, right-click “Windows Update” and hit “Stop” then from the drop-down menu select “Disabled” then click Apply 

4.From the same page select “Recovery” then select “Take no Action” from the first option 

Take no Action Windows Services

This will make it so the settings will not reset after you restart your computer, and now you have successfully stopped Windows Updates for good, if you wish to enable them again go back to services and reset the Windows Update settings to default. 

Does Windows 11 have bugs?

Windows, just like any OS has bugs – and with it being a brand new OS at the time of writing, it’s not uncommon to see bugs. Since its release, bugs have been squashed and less has been raised to Microsoft, but the OS is still likely to have bugs – but disabling Windows updates may cause issues with these bugs, and prevent them from being fixed.

Conclusion on Windows 11 Updates

Windows 11 is known for bugs and not the best updates, but turning off automatic updates for Windows 11 may be a good thing and is not super difficult to do. We hope this guide has helped you identify any issues you might have had – if you want to ask Microsoft specifically, you can find their support here.

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