How To Block Windows 11 Update

Need to block Windows 11 update? No worries

Block Windows 11 Update

Not everyone is chomping at the bit waiting to install Windows 11. Some are quite happy carrying on with Windows 10 due to its stability, which is fair enough. Every new operating system on any device has teething problems in its first few months, and we can avoid using it until said issues are smoothed out.

The issue is, we can’t really do this without blocking Windows Update functionality altogether. Windows Update delivers security updates to patch potential security holes or liabilities in Windows, so it’s not a great idea to block it if we’re being honest. If you do want to do it though, follow the steps below.


Block Windows 11 Update

Block Windows 11 Update

If you feel like living on the wild side like the lovable rogue you are, here are a few ways to learn how to block Windows 11 updates:


Pause Windows Updates

block windows 11 update

The easiest way to block Windows 11 update is to simply delay Windows Updates until you’re ready to go ahead with it. Go to Settings > Update And Security > Pause Updates For 7 Days. Just don’t forget to keep doing it.


Turn Off Update Services

block windows 11 update

Hit the Windows Key + R on your keyboard to bring up the Run window and type ‘services.msc’ to open up the services Window. From here, find ‘Windows Update’ from the services list and click ‘Stop’. Finally, go to the general tab and change the startup type to ‘Disabled’. This will block Windows 11 Update from loading on startup.


Block Windows 11 Update With Registry Editor

block windows 11 update

Open up the Run window and type ‘regedit.exe’ to open Registry Editor. Navigate to the following location: ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate’. Finally, set the ‘DWORD (32-bit)’ value to 1. This should block Windows 11 update moving forward.


Block Windows 11 Update With Group Policy Editor

block windows 11 update

Once again, open the Run windows with the Windows key + R and type ‘gpedit.msc’ to load the Group Policy Editor. From here, you’ll need to know which version of Windows you have. For example, navigate to: “Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for *your version*”.

From here, double-click ‘Select The Target Feature Update Version’ under the ‘Setting’ header. You’ll need to set this policy to ‘Enabled’ and type ‘21H1’ into the corresponding field. Close the Group Policy Editor and you are done.


Block Windows 11 Update - How To Unblock

block windows 11 update

Don’t worry, this is super simple. Just go back over your chosen method and reserve the steps, which will set everything back to normal. Keep an eye out on our Windows Hub for more helpful tips.

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