Is your computer forced to install Windows 11 update? Does Microsoft know it? Is it normal? In this post, MiniTool Software will tell you the information it knows. Besides, if you want to stop receiving Windows 11 compulsory updates, you can try to pause updates for 1 week every 7 days.

Perhaps You Don’t Want to Install Windows 11 Compulsory Updates

The rollout of Windows 11 was big news in 2021. This new version of Windows was released on October 5, 2021. After the release of Windows 11, some users choose to upgrade to Windows 11. While, some other users don’t want to install Windows 11 because they think it is not stable as expected, at least for now.

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Some Users Are Forced to Install Windows 11 Updates

What kind of user are you?

If you still want to stay on Windows 10, you may have complaints: you are forced to install Windows 11 on your computer. You are not alone. Many users reported this issue on some forums.

Here is a case from Reddit:

I am being forced into Windows 11? My Windows 10 OS performed a mandatory update last night and when I booted up my PC it did not take me to my desktop. Instead there is a splash screen that I cannot get past that gives me the choice to upgrade to Windows 11 or "decline the upgrade". If I decline does that mean I cannot opt in later and will need to buy a Windows 11 key? Or will I still have the option from my control panel to upgrade to Windows 11 once it is better supported?Source: Reddit

The following is the screenshot of the Windows 11 upgrade interface you will see.

  • You can click the See what’s new and different link to view the new features in Windows 11 and the differences between Windows 11 and Windows 10.
  • If you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 11, you can click the Decline upgrade link.
  • However, if you want to experience this new Windows version, you can click the Get it button to continue.

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Many users encounter the same issue. Now, let us explain some related issues one by one.

Does Microsoft Know This Issue?

Microsoft knows this issue. It even admits that it is not a bug. Microsoft thinks automatically downloading big software updates are necessary for security purposes and stopping hackers from exposing your files and information.

What Will Happen if I Decline Windows 11 Upgrade?

If you choose to decline Windows 11 upgrade, nothing will happen to your device. After a normal boot, your computer will normally boot into Windows 10. This operation will not influence the Windows 11 upgrade. If you want to upgrade to Windows 11 later, you can go to Windows Update in the Settings app to check for updates and choose to install Windows 11.

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When Will Windows 11 Not Be Free?

Till now, Windows 11 is a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. So, you don’t need to buy a Windows key. However, it is said that Windows 11 might not be a free upgrade for long as the offer could end mid-2022. So, you can choose a proper time to upgrade to Windows 11 if you want to use it for free.

If I Choose to Upgrade to Windows 11, Can I Go back to Windows 10 if I Regret?

After upgrading to Windows 11, you have 10 days to go back to Windows 10. So, if you want to experience Windows 11, you can feel free to install it on your device. If you think this new Windows version is not the operating system (OS) you want to use, you can go back to Windows 11 within 10 days.

How to Go back to Windows 10 from Windows 11?

  1. Press Win+I to open the Settings app.
  2. Go to System > Recovery.
  3. Click the Go back button under Recovery options.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to go back to Windows 10.
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How to Stop Windows 11 Compulsory Updates?

If you want to stop receiving Windows 11 compulsory updates, you can choose to temporarily pause Windows 11 updates.

However, these ways don’t work all the time. If you still see the Windows 11 recommendation interface, you can manually decline Windows 11 upgrade by clicking the Decline upgrade link.

Tip: Back up Your Files or Recover Your Data

Before upgrading your device to the latest version of Windows, you’d better back up your files using MiniTool ShadowMaker (professional Windows backup software) to protect your files. Then, if Windows update deletes your files unexpectedly, you can restore your files from the backup.

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However, in some cases, you may don’t have an available backup after data loss. If so, you can use MiniTool Power Data Recovery (a dedicated file recovery tool) to rescue your files as long as they are not overwritten by new data.

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Bottom Line

Windows users are forced to install Windows 11 updates. It is not a big deal. Microsoft wants to use this method to promote Windows 11. If you want to use Windows 11, you can choose to get it on your PC. If you want to continue to use Windows 10, you can choose to decline Windows 11 update. This will not influence your device. You should not worry about it.

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