How to Pause Updates in Windows 11

You can pause updates in Windows 11 if you want to temporarily stop the OS from receiving latest patches, drivers, and cumulative releases. The number of days for which you can suspend Windows Updates differs for Insiders and regular users.


If you are running an Insider Preview build of Windows 11, you can pause updates for 7 days. Users of regular stable releases can suspend updates for up to 35 days.  After that period of time, the operating system will automatically resume downloading and installing updates.

Keep in mind that some updates, like Microsoft Defender anti-virus definitions, will continue to be downloaded and installed when updates are paused.

When Windows auto-resumes updates, your device must install recent updates before it can be paused again.

This post will show you how to pause and resume updates in Windows 11.

Pause Updates in Windows 11

  1. Open Windows Settings with the Win + I shortcut.
  2. Click on the Windows Update on the left.
  3. On the right side, click on the one of the following available actions.
    • Click on Pause for 1 week button.Windows 11 Pause Updates
    • Or, click on the drop-down menu arrow button and select Pause for <N> weeks.Windows 11 Pause Updates For Weeks
    • Click on Extend for 1 week button.
    • Click on the drop-down menu arrow button, and select an Extend for <N> weeks option.Extend Pause For Weeks
  4. You just paused Windows Update on Windows 11. You can now close the Settings app.

Finally, you can resume paused updates at any moment of time. For that, you need to open the Settings app again and visit Windows Update settings.

Resume Updates for Windows 11

  1. Open Settings (Win + I).
  2. Navigate to the Windows Update section.
  3. Click on the Resume updates button on the right.Windows 11 Resume Updates
  4. Windows 11 will instantly check for updates.
  5. Wait for the end of the update check and close the Settings app.

After you follow the above steps, Windows 11 will continue to receive fixes, patches, drivers and other updates. You can pause them again at any moment later.


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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “How to Pause Updates in Windows 11”

  1. Yes , but why not block and and
    in the hosts file?
    this works for me and i dont have to mess up the settings(bcz usually your method makes a change to the windows update service .and does not let us add optional features )

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