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How to Stop Microsoft Office Updates

The Microsoft Office suite contains a range of office applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet software and presentation program, all of which are useful for business purposes. Microsoft periodically updates the software with patches that are used to fix any security loopholes that are discovered. The updates for Microsoft Office are installed along with the updates to the Windows operating system through the Windows Update service. It is possible to stop these updates, however, in order to save bandwidth if, for example, Microsoft Office is installed on your laptop and you spend a lot of time on the road, where you have to rely on wireless or mobile Internet connections.

1. Click Start and then click “All Programs.”

2. Click “Windows Update” and then click the “Change Settings” link.

3. Uncheck the check box next to “Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new optional Microsoft software when I update Windows” to stop Microsoft Office updates.

4. Click “OK” when asked if you want to opt out and no longer receive updates.

5. Click “OK” to close the “Settings” window and then close Windows Update.