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    Turn On or Off Pause Updates for Windows Update in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Pause Updates for Windows Update in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Pause Updates in Windows 10
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    13 Sep 2018
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    How to Turn On or Off Pause Updates 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.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to pause updates in Windows Update for up to 7 days (Insiders) or 35 days (non Insiders) in the Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 .

    You must be signed in as an administrator to turn on or off pause updates.


    EXAMPLE: Pause updates turned on in Windows Update
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    Here's How:

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Update on the left side, and click/tap on the Advanced options link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Do step 4 (on) or step 5 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     4. To Turn On Pause Updates

    A) Turn on Pause Updates, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshots below)

    Updates are paused until the specified date (ex: "5/26/2018"). Pause Updates will automatically be turned off after this date, and Windows will then automatically check for and install updates again.

    You can manually turn off pause updates at any time to resume updates again.


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     5. To Turn Off Pause Updates

    You can also click/tap on the Resume updates button on the Windows Update page to turn off pause updates.

    A) Turn off Pause Updates. (see screenshot below)

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    B) The Pause Updates settings will remain grayed out until Windows has finished checking for updates. (see screenshot below)

    C) Go to step 6 below.

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    6. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Bree's Avatar
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       18 Nov 2017 #1

    ...you can temporarily pause updates from being installed for up to 35 days...
    ...This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to pause updates in Windows Update for up to 7 days in the Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions of Windows 10...
    In the Fall Creators Update (1709, build 16299) this is now 35 days again.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       18 Nov 2017 #2

    Hello Mate, :)

    Are you sure?

    It's still showing 7 days in Settings for me in build 17035.
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    Still 365 in The CU :)
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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       18 Nov 2017 #4

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Mate, :)

    Are you sure?

    It's still showing 7 days in Settings for me in build 17035.
    Yes. My test machine (System Two below) shows 7 days when I restore it's 1703 image, but its 1709 image (made by upgrading that same 1703 image) says 35 days. Being for test/support purposes, I keep it as 'vanilla' as possible - it's not been tweaked in any way.

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       18 Nov 2017 #5
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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       20 Nov 2017 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    Ah, ok. You're talking about "defer" instead of "pause"...

    No - I'm specifically talking about Pause Updates.

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       20 Nov 2017 #7

    Odd, mine still only shows 7 days in build 17040.
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       20 Nov 2017 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    Odd, mine still only shows 7 days in build 17040.
    Odd. Mine was upgraded with the publicly available 16299.15 USB made by the MCT after the launch on 17th Oct. with subsequent CUs to take it to 16299.64, speciffically the en-gb version (x86). It has never been on an Insider build.
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  9.    20 Nov 2017 #9

    Brink said: View Post
    Odd, mine still only shows 7 days in build 17040.
    Mine too.

    Can we make it more than 7 days though?

    I was on holiday (for 2 weeks) and had to use data through sim card in my laptop and could only make it pause 7 days.

    I'm not talking about deferring feature updates but pausing any updates until later. I don't want 500MB of Adobe updates when I'm paying per MB. You can pause 7 days but then you get the whole lot anyway.

    EDIT: I was using a cellular connection on 16299 if it makes a difference.
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