Turning Off Automatic Updates

There are a few different ways to go about changing your Office 365 settings to prevent it from automatically updating. With Corinne Hoisington we’ve detailed the methods below. First, you’ll need to know which version of Office you are using, click here for directions.

Office 365 Pro Plus
To prevent Office 365 ProPlus from automatically updating to Office 2016 directly from the Internet, follow the resolution methods. Important: You only need to apply one of these methods on installations of Office 365 ProPlus that are configured to automatically receive monthly updates from the Internet. If you’ve configured Office 365 ProPlus to get updates from a location on your internal network, or you’ve turned off automatic updates, you don’t need to follow these steps, because you control when the update to Office 2016 occurs.

Microsoft has enhanced the upgrade and installation experience, and for Office 365 subscribers, Microsoft has made changes to how the Office 2016 apps are updated moving forward. Microsoft is also delivering new tools and resources to help you prepare, deploy and manage Office.

Please Note: Altering the Windows registry and editing Group Policy are advanced Windows tasks and should only be done by advanced Windows Users.
There are two different ways to prevent Office 365 ProPlus from updating to the Office 2016 version. Please use the method that works best for your school.  Note: these methods also work for Office 365 Business, which is the version of Office that comes with the Office 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium plans.
Method 1: Using Group Policy Templates
For this method, you’re going to want to use the “Enable Automatic Upgrade Group Policy” setting, which is included in the Office 2013 Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML). You can download those from here.

This policy setting is located under Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Microsoft Office 2013 (Machine) → Updates. Once here, choose Disabled.

 ssms Download Office 2013 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool from Official Microsoft Download Center

This download includes Group Policy Administrative Template (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OPAX/OPAL) files for Microsoft Office 2013.

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Note: Group Policy can only be used on computers that are joined to a domain.

Method 2: Set a registry key
Another choice is to set the following registry key on each computer.


To modify a registry, please follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the subkey that holds the registry item or items that you want to change.
  3. Click File, and then click Export.
    This step backs up the subkey before you make any changes. You can import this file back into the registry later if your changes cause a problem.
  4. In the File name box, type a file name to use to save the .reg file with the original registry items, and then click Save.
    Note Use a file name that reminds you of the contents, such as a reference to the name of the subkey.
  5. In the right pane, add or modify the registry items you want.
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to export the subkey again, but use a different file name for the .reg file. You can use this .reg file to make your registry changes on another computer.
More information
You can continue to receive updates for the Office 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus until September 2016. After September 2016, there will be no additional updates for the Office 2013 version. For more information, see Prepare to Update Office 365 to the Office 2016 version

Office 365 Updates:

It is also possible to block Office 365 updates by changing your Windows update settings. The following is a list of detailed instructions on how to do just that!

Note: If your Microsoft Office product was installed with Microsoft Office Click-to-Run, use Click-to-Run Product Updates instead of Microsoft Update. In Office 2010, click File > Help > Update Options, and then click the option you want. In Office 2013, click File > Account > Update Options, and then click the option you want.

If you’re using Windows 10 (applies to Office 2010 and 2013)

  1. Click Start, and then click Settings.
  2. Click Update & Security, and then select Windows Update, if necessary.
  3. Click Advanced options, and then click to uncheck the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows

If you’re using Windows 8 (applies to Office 2010 and 2013)

  1. On the Charms bar, search Apps for Control Panel.
  2. Click System and Security, and then click Windows Update.
  3. Click Change Settings.
  4. Choose the setting you want, and then click OK.

If you’re using Windows 7 (applies to Office 2010 and 2013)

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel
  2. Click System and Security, and then click Windows Update.
  3. Click Change Settings.
  4. Choose your settings, and then click OK.

If you’re using Windows Vista (only applies to Office 2010)

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel
  2. Under Security, click Check for updates, and then click Change Settings.
  3. Choose your settings, and then click OK.

If you’re using Windows XP (only applies to Office 2010)

  1. Go to the Microsoft Update website.
  2. Click Change Settings.
  3. Under To stop using Microsoft Update, select the Disable Microsoft Update software and let me use Windows Update only check box.
  4. Click Apply changes now, and then click Yes.

*For more information, please use the following link: https://support.office.com/en-in/article/Change-recommended-update-and-diagnostic-settings-3a0412a1-30b6-4885-b1d2-c259d4cf9872?CorrelationId=3ab6ae5c-cca3-444c-b36a-fa5cf83dfde7&ui=en-US&rs=en-IN&ad=IN

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