Windows has had some late update issues, where it offers free updates and even reluctant users have to face prompts. Are you happy with Windows 10 and don’t want to upgrade to Windows 11? Here’s how to reject a Windows 11 update.

Read more: How to downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10

Quick answer

To deny Windows 11 updates, you can pause updates Settings -> Updates & Security -> Advanced Options -> Pause Updates. Alternatively, you can disable the service in the Windows Services app, or edit registry entries to disable Windows Update.


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How to temporarily turn off Windows 11 automatic updates in settings

Windows 10 lets you temporarily turn off Windows 11 automatic updates in settings. Open Settings Pressing the app Windows key + iOr through Windows Search.

Windows 10 settings

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Click Updates and security. If you want to pause the Windows 11 update quickly for a few days, you can click here Stop updates for another 7 days.

Windows 10 Pause Update

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If you want a little more room, click here Advanced options.

Windows 10 update is an advanced option

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Under Pause updateClick Select a date From the dropdown menu, and select the date until you want to stop updates.

Windows 10 Update Pause Update Date

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Disable Windows 11 automatic updates via Windows service

If you want a more concrete solution that will keep you from bothering to update Windows to Windows 11, you can disable the update service.

Click Windows key + R. To bring up Invoice Type dialog services.mscAnd click All right Or press the Enter key.

Run the Windows 10 Services dialog

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Scroll down the right pane Service window, locate Windows UpdateAnd double click it.

Windows 10 Services Windows Update Settings

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Click on the dropdown menu next to it Type at startup That means ManualAnd click Disabled. Then click Stop Button under service status, if status says Running.

Windows 10 Service Disables Windows Update

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Click All right Save. This will kill the Windows Update service and stop it from starting automatically.

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How to turn off Windows 11 automatic updates by editing a registry

Using a registry editor is a much more precise method, but it can potentially disrupt your system, so proceed with caution. Only use this method if the first two do not work as expected.

Before you get started, check out your version of Windows 10. Launch the Settings app by pressing Windows key + i, Or find it in Windows Search. Click Method And Related In the pane on the left. Notice the image on the side VersionUnder Windows specification. In our case, it is 21H2.

Check out Windows 10 version

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Next, turn on Registry Editor. Press Windows key + R. To summon a run dialog, typeregedit And press or click Enter All right. Click Yes If the user’s account control prompt shows.

Windows 10 Services runs the regedit dialog

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On the left pane, click the arrow to the left of the folder to navigate the following path.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

If the WindowsUpdate folder is missing, you need to create it. Right click Windows folder -> New -> Original. Change the name of the new key by typing Windows UpdateAnd press Enter.

Windows 10 regedit Create the WindowsUpdate key

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Double-click the left pane on WindowsUpdate and right-click the right pane. Click New -> DWORD (32-bit) value.

Windows 10 regedit WindowsUpdate new dword

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Type TargetReleaseVersion And press Enter to change this value. Double-click the newly named key to open the value editor.

Windows 10 regedit TargetReleaseVersion Editor

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Change the value data from 0 to 1. Click All right. Right-click on the right pane again. Click New -> The benefits of cable. Type TargetReleaseVersionInfo And press Enter to change this value.

Double-click the newly named key to open the value editor. In the Standard Data field, type the name of the Windows version you mentioned earlier – in this case 21H2. Injury All right To save it

Windows 10 regedit TargetReleaseVersionInfo Editor

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