Creators Update — On Windows 10, updates are now mandatory, and even though the new approach helps to keep devices secure and up to date, they not always roll out smoothly. Usually, on most cumulative updates releases there are reports from users having errors or problems after installing a Windows 10 update.
On the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is addressing this problem by adding a new option to let you temporarily “pause updates” from being installed on your PC for up to 35 days. However, certain other updates, such as definition updates for Windows Defender, will continue to be installed to keep your device secure.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to use “Pause Updates” on Windows 10 to prevent updates from being installed on your PC.
How to enable ‘Pause Updates’ on Windows 10
Click on Update & security.
Click on Windows Update.
Click on the Advanced options link.
Turn on the toggle switch for Pause Updates.
Once you completed the steps, Windows 10 will defer updates from being installed on your device for up to 35 days. Though, at any time, you can come back to Settings to disable the feature.
Keep in mind that Pause Updates is only to temporarily defer cumulative updates, if you want to prevent your device from installing feature updates (e.g., Anniversary Update, Creators Update, etc.), you need to check the Defer feature updates option under “Choose when Feature Updates are installed”.
If you don’t see this option it’s because you’re not running the Windows 10 Creators Update. Pause Updates still a feature under development that has been found in a leaked version of Windows 10 (build 14997), and it’s likely Microsoft will include it on Windows 10 Pro and higher versions of the operating system in March 2017.
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