How to Enable or Disable Pause Updates Feature of Windows Update in Windows 10


Windows Update keeps Windows 10 updated by downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15002, you can temporarily pause updates from being installed for up to 7 days (Insiders) or 35 days (non Insiders). Some updates, like Windows Defender definition updates, will continue to be installed.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, you can use a new group policy to remove access to "Pause updates" feature.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable access to the Pause updates feature of Windows Update for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable pause updates.

If you disable access to Pause updates feature with pause updates turned on, access to the feature doesn't actually get disabled until after you resume updates to turn off pause updates.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Pause Updates using Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Pause Updates using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Pause Updates Enabled and Disabled in Windows Update
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Enable or Disable Pause Updates Feature in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Pause Updates Feature in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Pause Updates using Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two below to set this policy.

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update

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3. In the right pane of Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Remove access to "Pause updates" feature policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Pause Updates

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. Disable Pause Updates

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.

8. Restart the computer to apply.






Enable or Disable Pause Updates Feature in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Pause Updates Feature in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Pause Updates using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

SetDisablePauseUXAccess DWORD

(delete) = Enable
1 = Disable


1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Pause Updates

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Pause_updates_feature.reg

download


 3. To Disable Pause Updates

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Pause_updates_feature.reg

download


4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Restart the computer to apply.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn