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Introduction

In this article, we will learn why Windows updates are important and in what scenarios we can pause or turn off Windows automatic updates.

Why Is Windows Automatic Update Necessary?

Windows 10 and 11 provide cumulative updates to download and install automatically as soon as they become available. It ensures that users will get the latest security updates to address vulnerabilities, enhance performance, and upgrade Microsoft programs.

Like other software, the Microsoft Windows operating system also has flaws, errors, incompatibilities, and other out-of-date software. We all know that Windows isn’t perfect. That’s why Microsoft released Windows security patches to fix the vulnerabilities and other errors in Windows.

In what scenarios can we pause or turn off Windows automatic update?

You might be wondering why you would need to pause or turn off Windows automatic updates when all these updates are important to keep your computer system secure, stable, and up-to-date. In what scenarios do you want to pause or turn off automatic Windows updates?

Windows updates sometimes contain bugs that cause problems on your computer system. When users report problems, Microsoft is frequently rushed into releasing patches for Windows. Automatic updates don’t give you much choice about whether to install them or not. Automatic updates may interrupt you while you are working, prompting you to restart your computer.

Microsoft allows you to pause or stop the automatic updates temporarily, so that you can install the updates manually at your convenient time.

How to Pause Updates on Windows 11

Before following the steps below ensure that you have logged on with administrator privileges.

1. Click on the Start menu > select Settings > Windows Update > If you click “Pause update”, it will stop updates for 1 week. You can extend the pause updates week from the drop down option from 1 week up to 5 weeks.

How To Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows

2. Windows Update is paused for one week. Select “Resume updates” to resume the Windows updates.

How To Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows

How to Pause Updates on Windows 10

Before following the steps below, ensure that you have logged on with administrator privileges.

1. Go to the Start menu > Click Settings > Choose Update & Security.

2. Click “Windows Update” in the left menu > To disable Windows updates for a week, click Pause update for 7 days.

3. Windows will show the update date of resumption. To turn on the update, click Resume update.

4. If you want to increase the pause duration more than 7 days, click Advanced options. Under the pause until section, select how long you want to stop updating. It should be a maximum of 35 days.

After following the above steps, Windows will stop the update until the specified time. When the system reaches the pause limit, you need to install the latest patch to make the option available again.

How to Disable Updates on Windows 10 and 11

Before following the steps below, ensure that you have logged on with administrator privileges.

You need to ensure that you are temporarily stopping the Windows update on your computer systems, otherwise you are exposing your computer to security risk or malware attacks.

1. Click Start menu and type services in the search bar. The services app will show up. Click “Services” or press Win+r to open the run option. Type service.msc and then press enter. It will open the services window.

How To Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows
How To Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows

2. Locate the Windows Update service, right-click it, and then select Properties.

How To Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows

3. Click Stop to stop the Windows update service.

How To Turn Off Automatic Updates on Windows

4. Choose Disabled from the drop-down options, then click Apply and OK to disable the Windows update service.

5. To resume the Windows update service, right-click the Windows Update service and then select Properties.

6. Click Start. It will start the Windows Update service.

7. The Windows update service has been started. Click OK to close the window..

Follow the instructions below to learn what Windows updates are, why we need them, and how to install them on Windows 10 and 11.

https://easytechhub.com/what-is-windows-update/

Conclusion

Windows allows you to pause or turn off the automatic updates so that you can download and install them at your convenience. In this blog post, we will show you how to pause, turn off, and resume the Windows 10 and 11 automatic updates.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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