How to Defer or Delay Windows 10 May 2019 Update or Feature Upgrades

You can use the Defer Updates option in your Settings, to delay the installation of Windows 10 May 2019 Update v1903 on your computer. Some of you may want to adopt the policy of wait-and-watch and read the reports about the new update and its performance. It is a fact that Windows 10 updates do tend to create problems for a few – those few may be a very small number, but nevertheless, they exist. Delaying the installation by a month or two will give Microsoft the time to iron out and fix any possible bugs that may exist in this new upgrade. This post will show you how to do it.

Delay Windows 10 May 2019 Update v1903

delay or defer Windows 10 Upgrade


We have seen how you can get the Windows 10 Updates by three methods, viz. Windows Update, Media Creation Tool or the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. But if you are one of those who want to delay the installation of Windows 10 April Update on your computer, you may do the following.

Open Settings in Windows 10 and click on Update and Security. Under Windows Update, click on the Advanced options link.

There under the Choose when updates are installed category, you will see an entry:

A feature update includes new capabilities. From the drop-down menu, select a figure between 0 and 365.

This is what you want to change if you want to defer the installation of Windows 10 May 2019 Update v1903. You can Pause, or Delay/Defer Updates up to 365 days via Settings.

If you wish to defer installation of security updates, you may select a figure from 0 to 30 under the heading – A quality update includes security improvements.

In earlier versions of Windows 10. you may simply see a Defer upgrades item. Select the check-box. When you defer upgrades, new Windows features won’t be downloaded or installed for the specified period. When you do this, your OS will be moved from the Current Branch of Windows Update servicing to Current Branch for Business. Enterprise customers however always have the option to stay in the Long Term Servicing branch.

Defer upgrades in Windows 10

So if you are unsure about installing the new Windows 10 version now and want to check how reports about it for a while, you may select this Defer upgrade option to delay the installation of Windows 10 May 2019 Update v1903 on your PC.

This setting is available in Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise & Windows 10 Education editions only. Windows 10 Pro and Home users cannot disable automatic updates, although there is a workaround to turn off Windows Updates.

Let us know your reasons if you do decide to use this option.

TIP: This post will show you how to set the period to Defer Upgrades & Updates using GPEDIT and REGEDIT.

Updated for Windows 10 May 2019 Update v1903

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, 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.


  1. Orionsangel

    I don’t see defer. I did uncheck “Give me other windows updates when updating windows” though.

  2. Daniel Quackenbush

    Me too. There is no “defer upgrades” in my “advanced options.”

  3. This setting is not available in Windows 10 Home.

  4. Nicosxm

    So why don’t you tell us how it can be done in the Home version.

  5. No way to delay it in Home edition.

  6. James LaBarre

    Because Microsoft are arrogant and believe they are ruling over a dictatorship, and have decided you are not allowed to manage your OWN system, one which YOU have paid for. It is OUR hardware, and WE will decide how it is used. so glad to be running Linux on all *my* home machines (as well as my work laptop), and it is this sort of blatant disregard for what the **customer** wants that will make it easier to start migrating more home users to Linux.

    Why am I looking to delay it? I’m looking at my brother’s system, which is already an hour & a half away from my house. When I go on vacation it would be *seven* hours drive away. If the 1607 “upgrade” starts while I’m away, then *when* (not if) the upgrade totally fubarrs the machine, there will be no way to fix until a week later.

  7. reed1v

    Yes there are two ways a Home edition user can delay the upgrade, if not prevent it permanently.

  8. reed1v

    Yes, those are the two, other than going into the register and doing some modifications. BTW: why is the 1607 so full of bugs. When i downloaded it, lost all saved games, lost access to task manager(that is a big no no), and found the system running noticeably slower.

  9. I have read that some folks are facing issues with v1607 – especially after any update. But I guess I have been lucky as I have faced no issues. Search for your issues on this site – you may find answers. 🙂

  10. reed1v

    Have been searching but no luck so far, especially with lose of task manager. Its there, but inoperative. the games evaporate. When I reverted back, those came back ok. So now waiting till there is a release on an update to 1607.

  11. leela.pari

    Hi anand,

    I am using windows 10. Suddenly today my laptop stop working and it says critical process died. I don’t what to do. Even I can’t get into system to check error file or to run sfc. Could you please give me suggestions.

    Thanks in advance.

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