How to Pause or Resume Updates in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to temporarily pause Windows updates and resume when needed in Windows 11.

The just released preview of Windows 11 comes with a new user desktop some cool features, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows device stand out.

One legacy feature that’s available in previous versions of Windows that is also in Windows 11 is the ability to temporary pause or stop Windows updates. Now, you should always install Windows updates, because they’re good for your computer.

To keep your system protected and running smoothly, Windows 11 provides you the latest security updates and patches to help secure and enhance your machines’ performance. These updates and patches provide security improvements, help your device run efficiently and stay protected while you go about your business.

Windows 11 will always want to restart your computer after every update. It will try to restart your device when you’re not using it or when in an idle state. If Windows can’t find a time to restart automatically, it will prompt you to restart or schedule a time to do so.

If you can’t restart anytime soon, you can temporarily pause the update. Then resume when you have time to do so. You can not pause or stop updates entirely which will make your system insecure. You can only temporarily postpone it, and when the pause limit is reached, you’ll have to install all pending updates before postponing another update.

To get started with pausing Windows update, use the steps below:

Pause or Postpone Windows 11 updates

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Windows Updates, select Pause updates on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 pause updates

You will be able to pause updates for update 5 weeks. However, some updates, like Microsoft Defender definition updates will continue to be installed.

After you pause Windows updates, you should see similar screen as shown below. Windows will not receive new updates until updates resumes.

windows 11 update paused

Resume Windows updates

If Windows updates is paused and you want to resume, reverse the steps above.

Click on Start ==> Settings ==> Windows Updates ==> Resume updates.

windows 11 resume update

That should do it!


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