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

Windows 10 feature updates always ship with some real changes made to the operating system. Windows 10 now 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.

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.

Windows 10 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.

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 Updates

Windows 10 v1903 changes the Settings a bit.

pause windows updates

Windows Update Settings now offer an easy 1-click link to Pause updates for 7 days. It is available in Windows 10 Home edition too.

Once paused, the icon changes. The button text too changes – and it now allows you to pause for 7 more days.

If you click on Advanced Options you can choose the data and pause Windows Updates.

Pause, Delay, Defer Windows 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.
  • Quality Updates, including security improvements, can be deferred by 0 to 30 days.

Read: Windows 10 Servicing Branches and Delivery of Updates.

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 v1903 and later however allow users to pause Windows Updates up to 35 days as mentioned above.

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

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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