[Full Guides] How to Stop/Cancel Windows 11 Automatic Update

Christina updated on 2022/3/28 to News and Blog

By default, Windows 11 continues to download and install various updates automatically. You probably won't notice this happening until you shut down your device, and most updates require a reboot to apply. And automatically downloaded updates also take up some disk space, so some users who have Windows Automatic Updates turned on want to block that feature to free up Windows 11 disk space. Want more control over which updates are installed on your PC and when they are downloaded. Whether you need to stop updates temporarily or something more permanent, here are four ways to turn off automatic updates in Windows 11.

Solution 1. Temporarily Stop Windows 11 Automatic Updates in Settings

1. Open Settings.

2. Select Windows Update from the left pane - it's usually at the bottom of the list.

3. Under "More Updates," you'll find the "Pause Updates" option. Click on the button labeled "Pause for one week," after which automatic updates will resume again

Stop Windows 11 automatic updates in Settings

Note: However, this setting disables the update entirely for 7 days, or until you resume the update

Solution 2. Disable Windows 11 Automatic Updates through Windows Services

1. Press Windows key + R to bring up the Run window

2. Type "services. msc" in the box and press Enter

Disable Windows 11 Automatic Updates through Windows Services

3. In "Services (Local)", scroll the list until you find "Windows Update" and double-click it.

Use Windows Service to stop update

4. In the properties window that opens, under the General tab, click the drop-down menu next to Startup Type and select Disabled

Click disabled to cancel Windows 11 update

5. Click Apply, then OK to save the changes

Solution 3. Turn off Windows 11 Automatic Updates by Editing the Registry

1. Press Windows key + R to bring up the Run window.

2. Type "regedit.exe" in the box and press Enter.

Type regedit.exe

3. In the pop-up that appears, click Yes to confirm that you allow changes to be made.

4. Above all folders, you will find an address bar. Delete everything you see there and replace it with "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU" and press Enter again.

5.Right-click any empty space on the right half of the screen and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value

Choose DWORD

6. Name it "NoAutoUpdate" and press Enter

7. Now, double click on this new value and set its Value Data to 1

Set value data

8. Click OK to confirm and restart your device to apply the changes

Solution 4. Use Group Policy Editor to Block Windows 11 Updates

1.Press Win + R. Type gpedit.msc to load the Group Policy Editor.

Press win+R to load group policy

2. Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business.

Find Windows update for business

3. Double-click Select Target Feature Update Version.

Find Windows update for business

4. Set the policy to Enabled, type 21H1 in the field, and close the Group Policy Editor.

Additional Help - How to Recover Data Lost by Windows 11 Updates.

As mentioned above, you can recover deleted files using Donemax data recovery software. It works great to get back lost/deleted files on Windows or Mac PC. Here are the steps to recover data on Windows 11 PC.

Step 1. Choose a location and start scanning

Launch Donemax Data Recovery Wizard and select the partition from which you lost data. Then, click Scan.

Windows 11 data recovery software

Step 2. Find the file you need.

Scan Windows 11 computer

Step 3. Select the file and click Restore to restore the file to a safe place.

Recover lost data


I like to keep all my devices up to date and activate Windows 11 to enjoy the latest Windows 11 features. But sometimes, Windows Update can be useless. Keep an eye on what you download and install on your PC. If you want to disable automatic updates, you can try these solutions above.