How to ‘pause updates’ on Windows 10

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 7 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 pause updates on the Windows 10 Creators Update

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & security.

  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. Click on the Advanced options link.

  5. Turn on the toggle switch for Pause Updates.

    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.

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. 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.

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Originally published on December 2016, updated on April 2017.