How to Pause, Delay, Defer Windows Updates up to 365 days in Windows 10

Windows 10 Creators Update is now out. It features some real changes made to the operating system. For example, it gives users more control over Windows Updates. This was one of the most requested features in the upcoming edition of Windows and Microsoft finally obliged by offering a setting that lets users can delay or defer Windows Updates for up to 365 days on Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education. You can even Pause Windows 10 Updates for up to 35 days now.

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Defer Feature Updates in Windows 10

Earlier, when an update was available, a notification would appear, prompting you to either,

  1. Install the updates immediately
  2. Schedule an update for a specific time
  3. Put it off by clicking Snooze.

The last option – Snooze allowed delaying the install of the update for three days. Following that, you were given another notification about the update, and you could click the Snooze button again. This way, one of the ways of delaying the install of the update.

Read: How to set the period to Defer Upgrades & Updates using GPEDIT or REGEDIT.

Windows 10 v1703 offers a simple solution for the same. Here’s how to delay or defer feature updates up to 365 days in Windows 10.

To postpone Feature updates on Windows 10, do the following:

Open Windows 10 Settings and choose ‘Update & Security’ section. Find ‘Advanced Options’ entry under ‘Update Settings’ and click on it.

Scroll down a bit and you will see a section that allows you to choose a Branch readiness level to determine when feature updates are installed and informed about the capabilities and improvements in feature updates.

Read: Windows 10 Servicing Branches and Delivery of Updates.

You will see two options under Branch Readiness:

  • Current Branch
  • Current Branch for Business.

This section is of our interest as it will allow deferring the updates. Feature updates can be deferred by 0 to 365 days. You can choose any number between 1 and 365 from the drop-down box.

The last option is for Quality Updates. Quality updates including security improvements can be deferred by 0 to 30 days.

Pause Windows 10 Update

You can also pause Windows Updates for up to 35 days in Windows 10 v1703. In the same panel, scroll down a bit and you will see the option to Pause Updates. Moving the button to On will temporarily pause updates from being installed for up to 35 days.

Once you have configured all the desired options, your PC will continue to receive WindowsDefender antivirus updates, but the Feature or Quality updates will be delayed or deferred – or pause – for a definite period of time.

Please note that the options to configure these settings are only available on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education. Windows 10 Home edition has been kept out of the loop.

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