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How to Stop Windows 11 Updates Permanently (6 Ways)


Windows updates are a collection of patches released by Microsoft for Windows aiming to enhance your operating system’s performance and security by fixing the bugs and vulnerabilities which the black hat hackers may utilize to get control over the system.

It appears that you’ve become frustrated of Windows checking for updates in the background on a regular basis, causing your machine to consume more RAM and cause constant lags.

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Before we begin, it is recommended not to stop windows updates permanently as your device won’t be receiving Performance, Security, and Bug Patches unless you turn on the updates again.

By the end of this article, you will be able to Disable Updates in Windows 11:


Step 1: In the Start menu, search for “Services” and hit the enter key or press the “Windows Logo key + R” key combination to open Windows Run, type: services.msc and hit the enter key.

services app in windows 11
Services App

Step 2: Scroll down and right-click the Windows Updates option and select the “Properties” option.

properties option in windows services to disable windows updates
Properties Option

Step 3: In the Properties panel, set the “Startup Type” option to “Disabled” and click the “Apply” button.

change startup type option to disabled to pause windows updates permanently
Startup Type – Disabled

Step 4: Now restart your computer to make changes take effect.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for “Registry Editor” and hit the enter key or press the “Windows Logo key + R” key combination to open Windows Run, type: services.msc and hit the enter key.

registry editor icon in windows 11
Registry Editor Icon

Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.

Step 3: Right-click the “Windows” key on the left sidebar and add a new key named “WindowsUpdate“.

right click the windows key and add a new key named windows update
Key: “WindowsUpdate”

Step 4: Right-click the “Windows Update” key on the left sidebar and add a new key named “AU“.

right click the windows update key and add a new key named au
Key: “AU”

Step 5: Single-click the “AU” key, and right-click on the right pane and add a new DWORD (32-bit) key named “NoAutoUpdate“.

right click and add a new DWORD value named "NoAutoUpdate"
DWORD Value: “NoAutoUpdate”

Step 6: Double-click the “NoAutoUpdate” key, set the “value data” from 0 to 1 and click the “OK” button.

right click and add a new DWORD value named "NoAutoUpdate"
DWORD Value: “NoAutoUpdate”

Step 7: Restart the computer to make changes take effect.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for “Edit Group Policy” and hit the enter key or press the “Windows Logo key + R” key combination to open Windows Run, type: gpedit.msc and hit the enter key.

local group policy app icon in windows 11
Group Policy App

Step 2: In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Manage end user experience and double-click the “Configure Automatic Updates” option.

click the "configure automatic updates" option on the right pane
“Configure Automatic Updates” option

Step 3: Check the “Disabled” button and click the “Apply” button.

click the "disabled" button and click the "apply" button
“Disabled” option

Step 4: To make the changes take effect without restarting the computer, open the command prompt as an administrator, type the command: gpupdate/force and hit the enter key.

update local group policy command after resetting group policy in windows 11
Update Local Group Policy Command

NOTE: To enable the Windows Updates, check the “Not configured” button and click the “Apply” button


NOTE: This method involves disabling the dependencies necessary for Windows Update including Delivery Optimization service, BITS, and Windows Update service. Once the sources via which the Windows Updates are installed are disabled, the Windows Updates will stop automatically.

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for “Command Prompt” and run it as an administrator.

command prompt icon in windows 11
Command Prompt (CMD) Icon

Step 2: To disable the Windows Update Service, type the command:
net stop wuauserv

stop windows update services using command prompt
Stop Windows Update Services

Step 3: To disable the Background Intelligent Transfer Services (BITS), type the following command:
net stop bits

disable background intelligent services in windows using command prompt
Disable Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Step 4: To disable the delivery optimization service, type the command:
net stop dosvc

disable service host delivery optimization service in windows using command prompt
Disable Service Host Delivery Optimization Service

NOTE: To enable the Windows Updates, type the following commands:
net start wuauserv, net start bits, and net start dosvc.


Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step 2: Select the “Network & Internet” tab from the left sidebar and click the desired network connection – WiFi or Ethernet.

select the desired network connection from the network and internet settings in windows settings
Select the desired network settings

Step 3: Click the Network Properties option.

click the network properties option in network and internet tab in windows settings
Network Properties

Step 4: Toggle on the “Metered Connection” button.

click the network properties option in network and internet tab in windows settings
Toggle On the Metered Network

NOTE: These settings will not be applicable on other networks which means that the updates will be downloaded and installed if you switch the network, unless you set the new connection as metered.


Step 1: In the Start menu, search for “View Advanced System Settings” and hit the enter key.

Step 2: Select the “Hardware” tab from the top bar and click the “Device Installation Settings” button.

select the device hardware settings in hardware tab in advanced system settings
“Device Hardware Settings”

Step 3: Check the “No (your device might not work as expected)” option and click the “Save Changes” button.

select the "No" option and click the "save changes" button
“No” Button

Reduced RAM / Memory Usage

The Windows keeps checking for Updates Automatically and consumes a high amount of RAM while performing the task. So, disabling the Windows Updates will reduce the RAM usage and enhance PC performance.

Performance and Security Patches

Microsoft regularly launches improvement and security patches for the smooth and secured functioning of windows. Once the Windows Updates are paused, you will no longer get these patches.


Conclusion

We’ve covered how to turn off Windows Updates Permanently in Windows 11. So, after evaluating the advantages and disadvantages, you may decide whether or not to permanently disable Windows Updates. It is strongly advised that you should not disable windows updates permanently unless you have a really compelling reason to do so.

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