For some reason, you may want to block Windows 10 November 2021 Update. However, do you know how to do this? In this post, you can find some easy and effective methods, including how to pause Windows 10 November 2021 Update and how to block Windows 10 November 2021 Update.

Do You Want to Block Windows 10 November 2021 Update from Installing?

Microsoft has released Windows 10 November 2021 Update (also known as Windows 10 21H2) on November 16th, 2021. It is a minor update and mainly designed for enterprises. As a new release, many users think it is not so stable at the beginning. So they want to block Windows 10 November 2021 Update (Windows 10 21H2).

In this MiniTool post, we will show you some methods to block or pause Windows 10 November 2021 Update.

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How to Temporarily Pause Windows 10 November 2021 Update?

Pause Windows 10 21H2 Update for 7/35 Days

Windows 10 allows you to pause Windows updates for up to 35 days. You can do it in the Settings app. You can use these steps to pause updates for 35 days:

1. Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.

2. If you want to pause Windows updates for 7 days, you can click Pause updates for 7 days to do it.

pause updates for 7 days

3. If you want to pause for more days, you need to click Advanced options to continue.

4. Expand the options under Pause until and select the date when you would like Windows Update to pause.

pause updates for up to 35 days

After this setting, your computer will not perform an update within the deadline you set.

When you want to update your computer to the latest version, you can click Resume updates in Windows Update to undo the previous changes.

Block Windows 10 21H2 Update for 365 Days

If you are using Windows 10 Pro or a more advanced version, you can use Local Group Policy Editor to block Windows 10 November 2021 Update for up to 365 days.

  1. Press Win+R to open Run.
  2. Type msc and press Enter to open Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Go to this path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business.
  4. Double-click Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received from the right pane to open it.
  5. On the next interface, select Enabled.
  6. Under the Options section, select Semi-Annual Channel from the first drop-down menu.
  7. Enter the number of days you want to block Windows updates in the second box.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Run Command Prompt as administrator.
  11. Type gpupdate /force and press Enter.
  12. Restart your computer.

edit Group Policy to pause Windows updates

If you want to resume Windows Updates, you can repeat the above steps but select Not configured in step 5. Don’t forget to run gpupdate /force command in Command Prompt after modifying Group Policy.

How to Permanently Block Windows 10 November 2021 Update?

Permanently Block Windows 10 21H2 Update Using Local Group Policy Editor

  1. Press Win+R to open Run.
  2. Type msc and press Enter to open Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Go to this path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business.
  4. Double-click Select the target Feature Update version from the right pane to open it.
  5. On the next interface, select Enabled.
  6. Under the Options section, type Windows 10 under Which Windows product version would you like to receive updates for?
  7. Type 21H1 under Target Version for Feature Updates.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Run Command Prompt as administrator.
  11. Type gpupdate /force and press Enter.
  12. Restart your computer.

edit Group Policy to block Windows updates

If you want to install Windows Updates, you can repeat the above steps but select Not configured in step 5. Likewise, you still need to run gpupdate /force command in Command Prompt after modifying Group Policy.

Permanently Block Windows 10 21H2 Update Using Registry Editor

If you are using Windows 10 Home or you can’t open Local Group Policy Editor, you can block Windows 10 November 2021 Update using Registry Editor. In case some issues happen, you’d better back up your registry keys before modifying them.

You can use these steps:

  1. Press Win+R to open Run.
  2. Type regedit and press Enter to open Registry Editor.
  3. Go to this path: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  1. Right-click the Windows key (folder) and select New > Key.
  2. Name the new key WindowsUpdate.
  3. Right-click WindowsUpdate and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  4. Name the new DWORD TargetReleaseVersion.
  5. Right-click WindowsUpdate and select New > String Value.
  6. Name the new String Value ProductVersion.
  7. Create a new String Value again and name it TargetReleaseVersionInfo.
  8. Double-click TargetReleaseVersion and change its value to 1.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Double-click ProductVersion and change its value to Windows 10.
  11. Click OK.
  12. Double-click TargetReleaseVersionInfo and change its value to your current OS version like 21H1.
  13. Click OK.
  14. Close Registry Editor.
  15. Restart your computer.

edit Registry keys to block Windows updates

If you want to receive Windows 10 updates again, you can delete these three values in Registry Editor.

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Bottom Line

These are the methods to temporarily or permanently block Windows 10 November 2021 Update/Windows 10 21H2 on your computer. You can just one suitable method according to your situation and requirement. Should you have other Windows 10 related issues, you can let us know in the comments.

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