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How to prevent Windows 11 update from installing on Windows 10

If you’re not ready to upgrade to Windows 11 yet, you can block version updates and manually allow only the updates you want to make sure Windows 11 won’t install on your Windows 10 PC. We’ll show you how to do that.

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What to know about Windows 11 update blocking

As of this writing in November 2021, Microsoft is not forcing any Windows 10 users to upgrade to Windows 11. However, if your device receives an invite, the upgrade is easy. So to prevent an accidental upgrade, or to prevent other users on your device from starting the upgrade, we’ll show you how to block these updates.

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

If you have Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition, use the Local Group Policy Editor method to block the update. In Windows 10 Home version, use the Registry Editor method because this version does not have the Local Group Policy Editor.

You can use the Registry Editor method on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions as well, if you prefer.

How to block Windows 11 update using Registry Editor

To use the Registry Editor method to prevent Windows 11 update from being installed on your Windows 10 PC, first open the Run box by pressing the two keys Windows + R At the same time.

In the Run box, type the following and hit Enter. This opens the Registry Editor.

regedit

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You will see a prompt”User Account Control. Locate “YesIn this claim to continue.

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

ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate

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

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

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in the box”Editing a DWORD (32-bit) valueWhich opens, click on a field.value data“and enter”1(without the quotation marks). then select “OK.

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

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Here we will enter the version update that we want to keep. At the time of writing, the latest version of Windows 10 is Update 21H1. To determine the current version, see the official Microsoft documentation on the latest version of Windows 10.

in a box “Edit Series”, Click a field “Value data” And type “21H1” (without quotes), or whichever version you prefer. Then clickOK.

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Close Registry Editor and restart your Windows 10 PC. You’re all set.

Your Windows 10 PC will block any updates after your update, which includes 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. Check out the last section in this guide to see 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 computer by pressing keys Windows + R At the same time.

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

gpedit.msc

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Using the list of directories on the left, navigate to the following directory:

Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business

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In the right pane, double-click Enter “Determining the target feature update version”.

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A window will openDetermine the target feature update version. Here, activate the option “Maybe. Then click on the field.Target release for feature updates” And type “21H1(without quotes) or whichever version you prefer. Finally, click on “Apply” followed by “Apply.”OK.

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

How to continue getting Windows 10 updates

If you completely followed the above methods, you prevented your Windows 10 PC from getting any updates after the 21H1 update. This means that it will block any updates to Windows 10 as well, which you probably won’t want to do.

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

This will allow you to continue getting Windows 10 updates while Windows 11 update is blocked.

This way you can continue to use your preferred version of Windows while blocking any unwanted updates!

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