How to Pause Updates in Windows 10 [Creators Update Version 1706]

If you don’t like the way Microsoft force to install the latest update in Windows 10? You can pause updates to get rid of this thing.

how to pause updates in windows 10

Windows 10 comes with lots of cool features and most of them are useful, but there are features which are really annoying and worst part is that there is no setting available to disable those features. One out of them is Windows Updates feature.

It is one of the useful yet annoying features of Windows 10. It’s useful because this is the only place where you get the latest security updates and builds for the system from Microsoft.

The thing which makes this feature worst is that there is no setting available that let you manage these updates just like available in the Windows 8 and 7. The way Microsoft is forcing users to install the latest updates is really annoying.

By doing this Microsoft has already made clear that they want all Windows 10 users to install the latest security updates which keep the system updated and protect the system from ransomware, malware, and other threats. It’s very useful feature but not all the users are happy with this feature and want to disable updates.

Previously this functionality was not available and users need to manage Windows 10 updates using Group Policy Editor in Pro edition and  Registry Editor in Home edition.

How to Pause Updates in Windows 10

Starting with the latest Windows 10 build 14997 (Creators Update Version 1706), Windows 10 let you pause updates. This new option is added to the Windows update page of the settings app. Once this option is enabled, you can pause windows update for 35 days.

If you want to pause updates, then here is what you need to do:

1. Launch the Settings app by pressing the WIN + I hotkeys.

2. Click on the Update & security settings.

windows 10 settings app

3. Select Windows update tab on the left pane. Now on the right pane under Update settings click on the Advanced options link.

advanced options in windows 10

4. On this page, look for Pause update option listed under “Choose when Feature and Quality Updates are installed“. By default this feature is disabled, move the toggle to enable this feature.

pause updates in windows 10

That’s it

Once Pause update feature is enabled, you can pause the updates for next 35 days excluding the Windows Defender definition update. You will also find out till when you pause the updates. The date will be mentioned just below this option.

Alternatively, to save the time you can click launch the Advance settings page of Windows update section quickly using the following method:

Launch the Registry editor using WIN + R hotkeys and in the space provide type the following command and hit Enter.


This will launch the Advance settings page.

The command mentioned above is ms-settings: command which can be used to launch various settings directly.

Keep in mind that Pause update option is available in the Windows 10 build 14997 and is a pre-release version of Windows 10 Creator Update version 1706. The final version of this build is expected to release in March 2017 and feature might have some additional options in it.

So stay tuned to Winranx for more updates.

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