How to turn off Microsoft 365 update messages


The frequency of update messages can become annoying when you are working on certain tasks.

Keeping the PC up to date is an important task. But, some notifications get in the way of important tasks. One of them is Microsoft 365 update messages. The frequency of update messages can become annoying when you are working on certain tasks. Here is a way to prevent these continuous updates from continuing to show pop-ups – – Group Policy setting.

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To do this, users will first need to install Microsoft Office Administrative Templates. They’ll need to download the version of the template that matches the version of Office they’re customizing. For example, to customize the 64-bit version of Office, they’ll need to download the 64-bit templates, online IT support company Techgenix explained.

After the template files are downloaded and extracted, they should be moved to a location where they can be used. If they install the administrative template files on a domain controller, they will need to place the files in the central store.

To create the central store, you must open the file explorer and access “% SystemRoot% sysvol domain policies”. Users will need to enter this location in the window’s address bar to access it. Once in the Policies folder, they will need to create a subfolder called PolicyDefinitions. In this subfolder, administrative templates and localization files should be downloaded and extracted.

After the required templates are installed, users can implement Group Policy settings where they can disable Microsoft 365 update messages. They can do this by opening Server Manager on their domain controller and selecting the Group Policy Management option in the Tools menu if they use the default Active Directory and Group Policy structure.

When the Group Policy Management Console opens, users must navigate the console tree to Group Policy Management | | Domains | | Group Policy Objects. Then they need to right-click on the Default Domain Policy and choose the Edit command from the context menu.

Once the Group Policy Management Editor is open, navigate in the console tree to Computer Configuration Policies Administrative Templates | Microsoft Office 2016 (Machine) Updates.

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Users will need to enable the Hide update notifications setting to stop showing messages requesting installation of Microsoft Office updates.

However, a change to a Group Policy setting is not effective immediately and is implemented from the user’s next logon.

To force a Group Policy setting to take effect immediately, users will need to open a Command Prompt window on the target system and enter the GPUpdate / Force command.


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