Windows 11 is the newest operating system from Microsoft, and it comes with a host of new features and improvements. However, not everyone is ready to make the leap to the new platform. If you’re among those who want to stick with Windows 10 for a while longer and want to stop the Windows 11 update, this blog post is for you. We’ll guide you through the steps required to disable the Windows 11 update and keep your current Windows 10 setup.
Method 1: Pause Updates in Windows Settings
Before we dive into more advanced methods, it’s worth mentioning that you can pause updates in Windows 10 for up to 35 days. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app by pressing Win + I on your keyboard.
- Click on Update & Security.
- Under the Windows Update tab, click on Advanced options.
- Scroll down and enable the Pause updates option. A drop-down menu will appear, allowing you to select the pause duration (up to 35 days).
Method 2: Disable Automatic Updates Using Group Policy Editor
If you’re using Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you can use the Group Policy Editor to disable automatic updates. Follow these steps:
- Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
- Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Configure Automatic Updates.
- Double-click on Configure Automatic Updates and select Disabled, then click OK.
Method 3: Disable Windows Update Service
Disabling the Windows Update service is another way to stop Windows 11 updates. Keep in mind that this will prevent all updates, not just Windows 11. Here’s how:
- Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box. Type services.msc and press Enter.
- Scroll down and find the Windows Update service.
- Right-click on the Windows Update service and select Properties.
- In the Startup type drop-down menu, select Disabled, then click OK.
Keep in Mind
Disabling Windows 11 updates might prevent you from receiving important security patches, bug fixes, and new features. We recommend that you regularly check for updates and install them when necessary to keep your system safe and up-to-date. You can always revert the changes made in Method 2 or Method 3 to enable updates again.
By following the methods outlined in this blog post, you can stop the Windows 11 update and continue using Windows 10. However, keep in mind that disabling updates might expose your system to security risks and prevent you from enjoying the latest features and improvements. If you ever decide to make the switch to Windows 11, you can easily enable updates again.