Windows Update Pause and Resume Updates for Windows 11


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Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

If you have a Windows Insider build of Windows 11 installed, you can only pause updates for 1 week (7 days) until updates automatically resume.

If you do not have a Windows Insider build of Windows 11 installed, you can pause updates for up to 5 weeks (35 days) until updates automatically resume.

Some updates, like Microsoft Defender definition updates, will continue to be installed.

When updates resume, your device will need to get the latest updates before it can be paused again.

This tutorial will show you how to pause and resume updates for Windows 11.

You must be signed in as an administrator to pause and resume updates.



Contents



EXAMPLE: Updates paused

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Option One

Pause Updates for Windows 11


1 Open Settings (WIn+I).

2 Click/tap on Windows Update on the left side. (see screenshots below)

Open Windows Update Settings

3 Perform one of the following available actions you want in Pause updates on the right side:
  • Click/tap on the Pause for 1 week button.
  • Click/tap on the drop menu arrow button, and click/tap on an Pause for # weeks option you want.
  • Click/tap on the Extend for 1 week button.
  • Click/tap on the drop menu arrow button, and click/tap on an Extend for # weeks option you want.
4 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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Option Two

Resume Updates for Windows 11


1 Open Settings (WIn+I).

2 Click/tap on Windows Update on the left side. (see screenshot below step 3)

Open Windows Update Settings

3 Click/tap on the Resume updates button on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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4 Windows Update will now automatically start Checking for updates. (see screenshot below)

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5 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Hello,
There doesn't seem to be an option not to pause updates at all. Is that correct?
Noggin
 

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Hello,
There doesn't seem to be an option not to pause updates at all. Is that correct?
Noggin

Hello Noggin, :)

You would need to manually pause updates if wanted. The option to resume updates is only available if you paused updates.

If you were wanting to disable the ability to pause updates, then the tutorial below can help with that.

 

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