How to Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows 11

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Key Takeaway:

  • To permanently turn off automatic updates in Windows 11’s Pro or Enterprise edition, open Run, type gpedit.msc, press Enter, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Manage end user experience, double-click Configure Automatic Updates, choose Disabled, and select Apply > OK.
  • In Windows 11’s Home edition, open Run, type regedit, press Enter, navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows, right-click Windows, select New > Key, enter AU as name, right-click AU, choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, enter NoAutoUpdate as name, open this value, enter 1 in Value data, select OK, and reboot PC.

Tired of Windows downloading updates on its own? Whether you’re on a tight data plan or have software that might clash with Windows updates, you have options. Here are three ways to turn off automatic updates on Windows 11’s Pro, Enterprise, and Home editions.

If you aren’t sure what edition you’re running, head into Settings > System > About > Windows specifications, and look for the value next to Edition.

Pause (and Not Totally Turn Off) Automatic Updates

The fastest way to disable automatic updates on Windows 11 is through the Settings app. This method is ideal if you need to pause updates for a specific period, not disable them entirely. Here’s how to do it.

Press the Windows + I keys to open Settings and click Windows Update in the left sidebar.

"Windows Update" highlighted in Windows 11 Settings.

Under More options, click the drop-down menu next to Pause updates and choose your desired duration. For instance, select Pause for 1 week to stop Windows from looking for updates for that timeframe.

"Pause for 1 week" highlighted in Windows 11 Update settings.

Once paused, Windows won’t download any updates. If you want to continue receiving updates, click the Resume updates option.

"Resume updates" highlighted in Windows 11 Update settings.

Permanently Disable Updates in Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise Editions

The Settings app lets you pause updates for a set period. If you want to disable automatic updates entirely until you manually re-enable them, use the Local Group Policy Editor. This tool, however, is only available in Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise editions, not the Home edition (see method below if you’re a Home edition user).

To begin, press the Windows + R key to open the Run dialog box, type gpedit.msc in the box, and click OK.

"gpedit.msc" typed in Run.

In the Local Group Policy Editor, head towards the following location:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Manage end user experience

Double-click the Configure Automatic Updates policy.

"Configure Automatic Updates" highlighted in Local Group Policy Editor.

Choose Disabled and then click Apply > OK to save the changes.

"Disabled," "OK," and "Apply" highlighted on "Configure Automatic Updates" window.

After that, restart your computer. Upon restart, you will see that Windows is no longer searching for updates.

If you want to reverse the settings, simply choose the Not Configured option for the Configure Automatic Updates policy and save the changes.

Permanently Disable Updates in Windows 11 Home Edition

In Windows Home edition, you can completely turn off automatic Windows updates using the Registry Editor. However, editing the registry is risky, as one wrong move can make your system unstable. Therefore, make sure to back up the registry and create a restore point to be on the safe side. Then, follow these steps.

Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R, type regedit, and hit Enter. In the User Account Control prompt, select Yes.

"regedit" typed in Run.

Navigate to the following location in the Registry Editor:


Right-click the Windows key, hover over New, and choose Key.

New > Key highlighted in Registry Editor.

Name the key AU and hit Enter.

"AU" key in Registry Editor.

Right-click the AU key, hover over New, and select DWORD (32-bit) Value.

New > DWORD (32-bit) Value highlighted in Registry Editor.

Name the value NoAutoUpdate and hit Enter.

"NoAutoUpdate" highlighted in Registry Editor.

Double-click the NoAutoUpdate value, type 1 in the Value data field, and click OK.

"1" typed in "Value data" field in Registry Editor.

After that, restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Windows will no longer automatically download updates.

In the future, if you want Windows to start downloading updates automatically again, type 0 in the Value data field of the NoAutoUpdate value and then save the changes.

Should You Disable Automatic Updates?

It’s always recommended to keep your Windows computer updated. This ensures you have access to the latest features, improved performance, and, most importantly, vital security patches to protect your computer against known vulnerabilities and malware.

However, if you’re on a limited data plan, don’t want Windows updates to disrupt your workflow, or have other reasons, you can temporarily disable updates on your computer. Just remember to re-enable them once you’re finished to ensure your system remains protected and up-to-date.