Starting with the Creators Update, Windows 10 includes a new option to defer updates from being installed on your device. Although, updates are important, the ability to “pause updates” is a welcome addition as many times rollouts don’t work as expected. Usually, when new cumulative updates release, there are reports from users coming across errors and other problems after installing on Windows 10.
The only caveat is that the option only let you temporarily defer updates up to 7 days, and sometimes if an update is known to be buggy, it can take longer than a week to get it fixed.
Fortunately, the Windows 10 Creators Update has a hidden alternative option to defer cumulative updates (those updates you get every month) up to 30 days using Group Policy and the Registry.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to pause cumulative updates on the Windows 10 Creators Update from being installed for up to 30 days.
How to defer cumulative updates using Group Policy
If you’re using Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education, you can use the Local Group Policy editor to defer quality update from being installed on your computer for up to 30 days.
To delay or pause updates for a longer period on Windows 10, do the following:
Search for gpedit.msc and press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
Browse the following path
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
Double-click the Defer Windows Updates container.
Double-click the Select when Quality Updates are received policy.
Select the Enabled option.
Under “Options”, enter the number of days to defer after a quality update is released.Quick Tip: If you specify a starting date, your computer will defer updates for up to 35 days.
Once you completed the steps, your device will not download and install updates for 30 days, but if you disable telemetry, this policy will not take effect.
If you want to revert the changes, you can follow the same steps, but on step No. 6, select the Not Configured option.
How to defer cumulative updates using Registry
On Windows 10 Home, you won’t have access to the Local Group Policy editor, but you can pause cumulative updates up to 30 days using the Registry.
To defer or pause updates for a longer period on Windows 10, do the following:
Search for regedit, and click the result to open the Registry.
Browse the following path:
Inside “Settings”, double-click the DWORD DeferQualityUpdatesPeriodInDays.
In the “Value data” field, enter a number between 0 to 30 representing the number of days you want to defer quality updates.
After you’ve completed the steps, your computer won’t receive new updates for up to 30 days after they release.
At any time, you can revert the changes by following the same steps, but on step No. 5, change the value data to 0.
Remember that this option 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 should be using these options.