This method is applicable only to Microsoft Office 2016/2013 installed as part of Office 365 subscription as well as one-time purchase of Office 2016/2013 (purchased via retail store or online).
Everyone knows that keeping installed software up-to-date is essential for optimal performance and security. Unlike most third-party software out there, users don’t need to put in the extra effort or use additional software to keep Microsoft Office software up-to-date.
Unless updates are disabled, Office program is automatically updated via Windows Update service and one can view all installed updates for Office under Windows Updates.
But there are times when you need to temporarily disable Office updates. For instance, when you know that a specific update is degrading Office performance and experience, you can uninstall the update and disable Office updates until Microsoft releases a new update address the issue. Turning off updates is only option if you don’t want Office 2013 from automatically updated to Office 2016 (installed as part of Office 365 subscription).
Turn off Office updates without disabling Windows Update
If for whatever reason you want to stop Office updates, you can do so without actually disabling Windows Update service as turning off Windows Update will stop Windows operating system from receiving new updates and is definitely not a good idea.
While we recommend keeping automatic updates turned on for Microsoft Office, those of you who prefer to disable updates for any reason can follow the given below directions to disable updates. As said before, you don’t need to turn off Windows Updates in order to stop Office from receiving updates.
This method is for everyone. That is, those of you installed Office 2016/2013 as part of Office 365 subscription as well as users who installed a one-time purchase of Office 2016/2013 (purchased via retail store or online) can use this method to turn off Office updates without disabling Windows Updates.
Disable Office 2016/2013 updates Windows 10
(scroll down to see instructions for Windows 8.1/7)
Step 1: Open Settings either by clicking its icon on the Start menu or using Windows + I hotkey.
Step 2: Click Update & security.
Step 3: Click Windows Update. Click Advanced Options link.
Step 4: Uncheck the option labelled Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows. That’s it!
Disable Office updates on Windows 8.1 or Windows 7
Step 1: Type Windows Update in Start menu or Start screen search box, and press Enter key to open Windows Update window.
Step 2: On the left-pane, click Change settings link.
Step 3: Under Microsoft Update section, uncheck the option labelled Give Me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows. Click OK button.
Disable Office 365 updates in Windows
(applicable only to Office 2016/2013 installed using Office 365 subscription)
Please note that, the following method is useful only to stop receiving updates and not upgrades. That is, disabling Office updates this way will not stop upgrades to the next version of Office. Refer to Method 1 to stop your Windows 10/8.1 from receiving all kind of Office updates (applicable to both Office 365 and Office 2016/2013 installed without using Office 365).
Step 1: Open an Office application. You can open Word, Excel or any other Office application. We are using Office Word in this guide.
Step 2: Click the File menu and then click Account.
Step 3: On the right-side, you will see Update Options box (refer to the picture below). Click on the same to see the following four update options:
# Update Now
(Check for and apply updates for Office)
# Disable Updates
(Don’t update for security, performance and reliability)
# View Updates
(See the update history for this product)
# About Updates
Step 4: Click on the second option labelled Disable Updates to stop receiving security, reliability and performance updates for Office. In a nutshell, selecting this option will disable all Office updates.
Click Yes button when you see the User Account Control prompt. When updates are disabled, you will see “This product will not be updated” message right next to Update Options box.
To enable updates again, click the Updates Options box again and select Enable Updates option.