Steps to set automatic Windows 10 update installation deadlines

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As we all know that Microsoft has lined up a series of new features for the upcoming Windows 10 April 2019 Update also known as Windows 10 version 1903 or simply 19H1.

One of the most awaited features is a  35-day window that will allow Windows 10 Home SKU users to automatically pause Windows 10 updates.

Apart from the Home SKU users, those who have the Pro and Enterprise SKUs will now get a new policy named Specify deadlines for automatic updates and restarts for better update management.

This upcoming policy will be very useful to IT administrators. They can use this option to set a deadline for the installation of updates and PC reboots.

If you are interested in the feature, there are two ways that you can use to enable it.

Set the Windows Update installation deadlines in Windows 10

Solution 1: Use a Group Policy Editor

  1. Open the run dialogue box by pressing Win+R key, type gpedit.msc and then hit the Enter key
  2. A new Window named Group Policy Editor will open. Navigate to  Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Windows Update.
  3. You will see a policy option Specify deadlines for automatic updates and restarts on the right-hand side double click on it.Specify deadlines for automatic updates and restarts
  4. You can turn on the policy by selecting Enabled
  5. Now set the number of days a user has before quality updates run automatically, from the Quality updates drop-down list by choosing the option 2 to 30 days.
  6. Set the number of days a user has before feature updates run automatically, from the Feature updates drop-down list by choosing the option 2 to 30 days.
  7. Change the Grace period drop-down list to 0 to 7 days.
  8. Finally, if you want you can also enable Don’t auto-restart until end of grace period.

Solution 2: Using a Registry Tweak

Moreover, there is also an option to use a Registry tweak to set a 7 day deadline for both Feature and Quality updates. Furthermore, a 2 day Grace period can also be set through another Registry tweak. 

  1. Open Registry Editor by typing regedit in the run dialogue box. 
  2. Look for the following Registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate
  3. Next set the 32-bit DWORD value SetComplianceDeadline to 1 to enable the feature. You have to use a 32-bit DWORD as the value type even you have a 64-bit Windows.
  4. Set the 32-bit DWORD value ConfigureDeadlineForQualityUpdates from 2 to 30.
  5. Set the 32-bit DWORD value ConfigureDeadlineForFeatureUpdates from 2 to 30.
  6. Set the 32-bit DWORD value ConfigureDeadlineForFeatureUpdates from 0 to 7.
  7. Set the 32-bit DWORD value ConfigureDeadlineNoAutoReboot to 1. Changing the value will enable the option Don’t auto-restart until end of grace period.
  8. Finally, you need to reboot your Windows 10 system so that the changes can be applied.

If you observe any performance issues in your system, the changes can be undone by deleting all the mentioned five values. 

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