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How to Pause Updates on Windows 10

How to Pause Updates on Windows 10

The Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10 provide more control over Windows Update than the Home edition does. If you have one of those editions, then starting with the Creators Update, you can now pause receiving updates and defer some updates for up to a year.  How to Pause Updates Windows can pause updates

The Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10 provide more control over Windows Update than the Home edition does. If you have one of those editions, then starting with the Creators Update, you can now pause receiving updates and defer some updates for up to a year.

 How to Pause Updates

Windows can pause updates for 35 days. After the period expires, Windows 10 automatically unpauses, looks for updates, and begins installing them. Windows will need to install the latest updates before you can pause updates once again.

To pause updates, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options. Scroll down and turn on the “Pause Updates” option.

How to Defer Updates if You’ve Installed the Creators Update

The Creators Update also allows you to defer different types of updates using the Settings interface. This lets you put off receiving updates until they’ve been more widely tested. This option was available in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that came out in mid-2016, but you had to fire up the Local Group Policy Editor to use it (and we actually have instructions for doing that a bit later).

Microsoft splits Windows updates into three broad categories:

  • Security updates fix major vulnerabilities. You cannot defer security updates at all.
  • Feature updates include new features and significant updates to existing features. You can defer feature updates for up to 365 days.
  • Quality updates are more like traditional operating system updates and include minor security fixes, critical, and driver updates. You can defer quality updates for up to 30 days.

To defer updates, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options. Scroll down and use the “Feature update” and “Quality update” options under “Choose when updates are installed” to specify how many days you want to defer updates for. Set these options back to “0” to stop deferring updates.

This page also lets you switch from the Current Branch of updates to the Current Branch for Business instead. Selecting the Current Branch for Business puts you on a more conservative update track, and you’ll only receive updates after they’ve been more thoroughly tested and Microsoft feels they’re ready for Enterprise deployment.

Again, you’ll only see these option if you’re using Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, or Education, and only if you’ve installed the Creators Update. These options are not available if you’re using Windows 10 Home.

Source: howtogeek

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