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How to block Windows 11 update installation in Windows 10

If you are not ready to upgrade to Windows 11 , you can block release updates and manually allow only the updates you want to make sure Windows 11 doesn’t install on your Windows 10 PC. We will show you how to do just that.

What You Should Know About Windows 11 Crashing

As of this writing in November 2021, Microsoft is not forcing any Windows 10 user to upgrade to Windows 11. However, if their device has received an invitation , upgrade is easy. Therefore, to avoid an accidental update or to prevent other users of your device from initiating an update, we will show you how to block those updates.

There are two ways to block Windows 11 update on your Windows 10 PC: using Local Group Policy Editor and using Registry Editor.

If you have the Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition of Windows 10, use the method Local Group Policy Editor for block update . In a Windows 10 Home edition, use the method of Editor of the Registration as this edition does not have the Local Group Policy Editor.

You can also use the Registry Editor method in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions, if you prefer.

How to block Windows 11 update with Registry Editor

To use the Editor method of the Record To prevent Windows 11 update from installing on your Windows 10 PC, first open the Run box by pressing Windows + R keys at the same time.

In the Run box, type the following and press Enter. This open Registry Editor .

regedit

Enter

You will see a “User Account Control” message. Select “Yes” at this message to continue.

When Registry Editor opens, from the sidebar on the left, navigate to the following directory:

Computadora  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 choose New> Password. Then type “WindowsUpdate” and press Enter to create the directory.

Navigate to the directory

In the right pane, double-click the “TargetReleaseVersion” entry to open it. If you don’t see this entry, in the panel right-click anywhere blank and select New> DWORD Value (32-bit). Then type “TargetReleaseVersion” (without quotes) and press Enter to create the entry.

Double click on the entry

In the “Edit DWORD (32-bit) value” box that opens, click on the “Value data” field and enter “1” (without quotation marks). Then select “OK”.

Edit the input value

Again, in the right pane, double-click the “TargetReleaseVersionInfo” entry. If you don’t see it, right-click anywhere in the blank in the right pane and choose New> String Value. Type “TargetReleaseVersionInfo” (without quotes) and press Enter to make the entry.

Double click on the entry

Here we are going to enter the release update that we want to stay in. At the time of writing this article, the latest version of Windows 10 is the update 21H1 . To determine the current version, check the official Microsoft documentation about the latest version of Windows 10.

In the “Edit String” box, click in the “Value data” field and type “21H1” (without quotes), or whatever your preferred version is. Then click “OK”.

Edit the input value

Close Registry Editor and restart your Windows 10 PC . Are you ready.

Your Windows 10 PC will block any updates after the update you entered, which includes the Windows 11 update. The downside to this method is that you will have to keep updating the version value to represent the latest Windows 10 updates. See the final section of this guide to find out what this means.

How to Block Windows 11 Update Using Local Group Policy Editor

To use the Local Group Policy Editor method, first, open the Run box on your PC by pressing Windows + R keys at the same time.

In the Run box, type the following and press Enter. This open the Local Group Policy Editor .

gpedit.msc

Scribe

Using the directory listing on the left, navigate to the following directory:

Política de equipo local> Configuración del equipo> Plantillas administrativas> Componentes de Windows> Actualización de Windows> Actualización de Windows para empresas

Navigate to the directory

In the right pane, double-click the entry “Select the upgrade version of the target function”.

Double click on the entry

A window “Select the update version of the target function” will open. Here, activate the “Enabled” option. Then click on the “Target version for feature updates” field and type “21H1” (without quotes) or whatever version you prefer. Finally, click on “Apply” followed by “OK”.

Edit the entry

Close the Local Group Policy Editor and restart your PC. Windows 11 update is now blocked on your computer.

How to continue getting Windows 10 updates

If you followed the above methods exactly, you will have prevented your Windows 10 PC from receiving updates after the 21H1 update. This means that it will also block any Windows 10 updates, which you probably don’t want to do.

To avoid that, keep an eye out for site of Microsoft Docs to search newer versions of Windows 10 . Once you see a new update there, say 21H2, then in the steps above where you entered “21H1”, change it to “21H2” (without quotes).

That will allow you to continue getting Windows 10 updates while blocking the Windows 11 update.

And this is how you continue to use your favorite version of Windows while blocking unwanted updates!


Did you know that you can also stop automatic update downloads on Windows 10?

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