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How to Block Windows 11 Updates

How to Block Windows 11 Updates in Windows 10

If Windows 11 is publicly available and can be officially updated, but you are not yet ready to upgrade to Windows 11, you can block release updates and manually allow only the updates you want to prevent Windows 11 from being installed on your Windows 10 PC.

How to block Windows 11 updates in Windows 10

What you need to know about blocking Windows 11 updates

It is not necessary to update to Windows 11 yet, and Windows 10 is still receiving official support from Microsoft. For the next few years, I’m still using Windows 10 with no problems at all. Important updates such as security updates will also be supported. However, you will have to update to Windows 11 before the end of Windows 10 support.

There are two ways to block Windows 11 update on Windows 10 PC. You can prevent the update by editing the local group policy or using Registry Editor.

If you have a Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition of Windows 10, use the Local Group Policy Editor method to block updates. Since Windows 10 Home Edition doesn’t have a local group policy editor, we use the registry editor method.

If you wish, you can also use the Registry Editor method on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions.

How to block Windows 11 updates using Registry Editor

To prevent Windows 11 updates from being installed on your Windows 10 PC using the Registry Editor method

  • Press Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run box.
  • Enter the following command in the Run box and press Enter. When the “User Account Control” prompt appears, select “Yes”.
regedit
  • When the registry editor opens, go to the directory by going left in the sidebar.
Computer/HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Policies/Microsoft/Windows/WindowsUpdate

Note: If you don’t see the final “WindowsUpdate” directory, right-click on the “Windows” directory and select Key from New. Then type “WindowsUpdate” and press Enter to create the directory.

  • Double-click the “TargetReleaseVersion” item in the right pane to open it. If you don’t see this item, right-click on an empty area in the right pane, select New > DWORD (32-bit), type “TargetReleaseVersion” (without quotes) and press Enter to create it.
  • In the opened “Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value” box, click on the “Value Data” field and enter “1” (without any additional entries). Then select “Okay”.
  • Double-click the “TargetReleaseVersionInfo” entry once again in the right pane. If you don’t see this item, right-click on an empty area in the right pane, select New > String Value, type “TargetReleaseVersion” (without the quotes) and press Enter to create it.
  • Enter the release updates you want to keep here. As of this writing (November 21), the latest update is 21H1, but to check and determine the latest version, check out the official Microsoft documentation for the latest version of Windows 10.
  • Double-click “TargetReleaseVersion”, enter “21H1” or the desired release in the string input window, and click OK.
  • Close Registry Editor and restart your Windows 10 PC.

Windows 10 PC blocks updates that include Windows 11 updates after the update entered above. The downside of this method is that you have to keep updating the release value to indicate the latest Windows 10 update.

How to block Windows 11 updates using Local Group Policy Editor [/H3]

To use the Local Group Policy Editor method

  • open the Run window (shortcut key Windows + R), type the following command and press Enter.
gpedit.msc
  • Use the directory listing on the left to navigate to the next directory.
Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Manage Updates Offered from Windows Update
  • In the right pane, double-click ‘Choose target feature update version’.
  • The Select Target Feature Update Version window opens. Check “Enable” here. Then click in the “Target Version for Feature Updates” field and enter “21H1” or the desired release. Finally, click “Apply” and click “OK”.
  • Close the Local Group Policy Editor and restart your PC.

Windows 11 updates are now blocked on your computer.

How to keep getting Windows 10 updates

If you followed the above method correctly, you will prevent your Windows 10 PC from updating after 21H1 update. It also means that I blocked the update to Windows 11, but I also blocked the update to Windows 10, which I didn’t want to block.

To fix this, check the Microsoft DOCS site to see the latest version of Windows 10, and when a new update appears, change “21H1” to that version in the step above where you entered it. This will block Windows 11 updates while still getting Windows 10 updates.