How to disable updates on Windows 10 Pro and Home

On Windows 10, updates are now mandatory, and even though the new approach helps to keep devices secure and up-to-date, many times they will release with bugs and problems that can negatively affect your experience.

While it seems that automatic updates won’t stop being a part of Windows 10, Microsoft is mitigating possible problems with an option that allows you to temporarily pause updates from downloading and installing for up to 7 days (sometimes the option will appear offering to delay updates for up to 35 days). However, certain other updates, such as definition updates for Windows Defender, will continue to download automatically to keep your device secure.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to use the “Pause Updates” feature to prevent updates from being installed on Windows 10.

How to temporarily disable updates on Windows 10 version 1809

To temporarily disable updates on Windows 10 Pro as well as on Windows 10 Home, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. Click on the Advanced options link.

  5. Turn on Pause Updates the toggle switch.

    Windows 10 Pause Updates settings

Once you completed the steps, Windows 10 will defer updates from being installed on your device for up to 7 days. Though, at any time, you can come back to Settings to disable the feature.

How to temporarily disable updates on Windows 10 version 1903

Starting with version 1903 (April 2019 Update) and newer versions, Windows 10 is making it a little easier to stop automatic updates:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. Click the Pause updates button.

    Windows Update settings on Windows 10 version 1903

After completing the steps, your device will no longer download updates for the days specified in the option.

Bear in mind that “Pause Updates” is only to temporarily defer cumulative updates, if you want to prevent your device from installing feature updates (for example, 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. Also, if you’re looking to defer update for a long period, you can use this Windows 10 guide to block updates up to 35 days.

Update February 4, 2019: This guide was originally published in December 2016, and it’s been updated in February 2019 to reflect the new changes.