How to Pause and Disable Windows 11 Updates

Windows 11 updates, which Microsoft regularly sends to your system, are intended to keep your operating system up to date. They are, for the most part, a good thing. But as long-time Windows users know, sometimes an update can go wrong, so some prefer to postpone updates for a week or two to make sure there are no issues with the update. Also, updates sometimes come at an inconvenient time, for example, when you’re in the middle of a project with a tight deadline.

You can’t completely stop updates, but you can pause them. There’s also a way to disable updates, but that’s not permanent either. If you want to wait for potential issues or prefer to delay them as long as possible, here’s how to adjust your settings.

Pause updates

  • Click it To start up icon and select Settings
  • To open Windows Update

Open Windows Update to see if you are up to date.

Open Windows Update to see if you are up to date.

  • If you have any pending updates, you’ll find them at the top. You can also click on the Check for updates button to see if you have any pending updates. Otherwise, you will be told that you are up to date.
  • Just below, you will see a Pause Updates option. On the right there is a button labeled break for 1 week it will allow you to do just that.
  • If you want to take a break for more than a week, click this button again and you can extend the break for up to three weeks.
  • If you want to restart updates, you will see that the button you used to check for updates now says Resume 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 those three weeks.

Adjust restart times

Windows will usually need to restart to finish installing updates – and since an update can knock your computer out of service for minutes to hours, you may want to adjust restart times to when it’s most convenient.

  • In the Windows Update screen, select Advanced options
  • Look for Notify me when a restart is required to complete the update and activate it. This way, you’ll know if a reboot is imminent, and if you want, you can reschedule the reboot.
  • Just below, click Active hours. Look for the drop-down menu to the right of Adjust Active Hours and select either Manually or Automatically. If you choose the former, you can select the times it won’t restart (for example, if this is your work computer, you can choose not to restart between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.). If you choose the latter, the system will reboot when you are not using it.

Advanced options let you change your update settings.

Advanced options let you change your update settings.

Disable updates

If you want to prevent updates from happening longer than that, there’s a way to disable updates that worked — somewhat — with Windows 10 and should work with Windows 11 as well. However, even using Windows 10 , it was not permanent; most sites reported that eventually (especially with a reboot) updates resumed. It may, however, give you a bit of a break.

  • Use Win+R to open the Course box and type services.msc. Hit OKAY.


Type “services.msc in the “Run” box

  • Scroll to Windows Update and double click on it.

Scroll to

Scroll down to “Windows Update”

  • In the Start type drop-down menu, select disabled.


Setting “Windows Update” to “Disabled” will stop updates – for a while

  • Click on OK and restart your PC.

If you change your mind, you can follow these steps to turn it back on. You may notice that you can choose Manual or Automatic. (Most Windows PCs are set to Manual, which just means the update is event-triggered and doesn’t happen automatically when you restart.)