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How to Shut Down Without Installing Updates in Windows 11

When there is a pending update, Windows 11 automatically installs it when you shut down the computer. The installation and shutdown will take a few minutes to complete. While this is a good thing, there will be times when you want to shut down the system as quickly as possible. Maybe you are in a hurry or troubleshooting the system. Whatever the reason, if you want to shut down Windows 11 without installing the updates, follow one of the methods shown below. Let’s get started!

Shut Down Without Updating from the Start Menu

  1. Press the Start button on the taskbar.
  2. Click the Power icon in the Start menu.
  3. Select the Shut down option.
  4. This will shut down Windows 11 without installing updates.
shut down from start menu

Shut Down Without Installing Updates from the ‘Win + X’ Menu

  1. Press Windows key + X to open the power user menu.
  2. Click on Shut down or sign out.
  3. Select the Shut down option.
  4. This will force Windows 11 to shut down without installing pending updates.
shut down from power user menu

Shut Down Without Updating from the Alt + F4 Menu

  1. Close all open windows and go to the desktop.
  2. Press the Alt + F4 keyboard shortcut.
  3. Select Shut down from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click the OK button.
  5. This will make Windows 11 shut down without installing pending updates
shut down from alt + F4 menu

Shut Down from the Command Prompt Without Installing Updates

  1. Save your work and close all open windows.
  2. Right-click on the Start button.
  3. Select the Terminal option.
  4. Type shutdown /s /f /t 0 and press Enter.
  5. This command will immediately shut down your computer without installing the updates.
shut down command

Here’s what the parameters mean:

  • /s: This option shuts down the computer.
  • /f: This option forces running applications to close.
  • /t 0: This sets the time delay before shutdown to 0 seconds.

Related: How to schedule shut down in Windows 10 & 11

That is all. It’s that simple to shutdown Windows 11 without installing pending updates when you are in a hurry. If you have any questions or need help, comment below. I’ll be happy to assist.

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