How to Bypass an Update

by Micah McDunnigan

Windows Update is designed to install updates to your operating system automatically, but you can configure the app to bypass updates. Unchecking a box in the app will instruct Windows to bypass an update, but it will remain in the queue until you do install it. If you want to completely bypass an update, you'll need to go one step further and hide the update so you won't see it again.


Move your mouse pointer to the left side of your Windows desktop and click the Search charm from the sidebar that appears.


Type "Windows Update" into the Search charm and select that item when it appears in the search results.


Click the link for important or optional updates, depending on which type of update you want to bypass.


Right-click on the update you wish to bypass and then select "Hide update."


Click the "OK" button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes.


  • check You need to be logged in to an administrative account or have access to an administrative account password to skip updates.


  • close Skipping security updates could leave your computer vulnerable to malware and other threats to your system.

About the Author

Micah McDunnigan has been writing on politics and technology since 2007. He has written technology pieces and political op-eds for a variety of student organizations and blogs. McDunnigan earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of California, Davis.

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