Here’s how to pause Windows 10 updates for 35 days

Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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Forced updates have been annoying Windows 10 users since the launch of Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system. Therefore, the ability to defer updates has been one of the most in-demand features for the Windows 10 Creators Update, which takes its cue from user feedback. While the Creators Update is scheduled to roll out in April, there is already an option hidden within the OS that lets you pause updates for 35 days.

The feature allows you to have a wider control over the type of updates to install and when to do so. Although some users have spotted the feature, it remains unavailable to many. So, if you happen to stumble upon the feature, here’s how to enable it.

It is worth pointing out that the feature applies to Creators Update build 15046 and later. So if you have this version of Windows 10 installed, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings, then open Update & security and click on Advanced options.
  2. Toggle the Pause Updates menu found at the bottom of your screen to opt out of automatic updates. The menu’s description states: “Temporarily pause updates from being installed on this device for up to 35 days. When updates resume, this device will need to get the latest updates before it can be paused again.”
  3. Choose a date for when you want the updates to install.

Take note that this feature is available to Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users only. Also, keep in mind that you must select when updates are downloaded and installed through a branch readiness level. This option lets you determine conditions for when Windows pushes updates onto your computer. The various levels include Current Branch.

The feature also allows users to postpone feature updates or quality updates for a certain number of days. For starters, feature updates bring fresh capabilities and improvements. Users can defer these updates for up to one year. On the other hand, quality updates meant to introduce security fixes can be put off for only a month.