How to Delay Windows Updates: From a 7 Day Pause to a Year Delay


Microsoft provides annual updates and monthly security patches to provide users with new features while protecting the device. However, not all major updates are good for your computer, where some may even break things.

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BERLIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 05: A large screen monitor displays the Windows 8 operating system in the new Microsoft Berlin Center on November 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

Before, Microsoft really forced all their updates whether you wanted them or not. However, things have changed since 2019, when these updates aren’t forced as heavily as they used to be.

According to PCMag’s report, users now have the option to download an update at their own pace. So if you’re the type who waits for new features to be properly tested or bugs to be fixed, you can delay those pending updates. How?

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The 7 day break

There are a few options for delaying updates on your Windows computer. Yet the most fundamental is the seven-day break.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Open Update and security
  3. Click on Window updates
  4. Click it Pause updates for 7 days button

For Windows 11 users, you can directly open Windows Update.

The 35 day break

Another option is to pause updates for 35 days. In Windows 10, you can click Pause updates for & days up to five times for a total of 35 days.

While Windows 11 users can click on the drop-down menu next to the Pause for 1 week button and choose how many weeks updates should be paused. This can be paused for up to a total of five weeks.

Additionally, Windows 10 users can click the Advanced options and can pause updates until a specific date. They just need to open the Select the date drop down menu below the Pause updates and select a date within 35 days of the current date.

Change active hours

If you don’t want to pause updates, you can tell Windows when to install updates by changing your active hours.

In Windows 10:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Click on Update and security
  3. Click on Windows Update
  4. Click on Change active hours

On Windows 11:

  1. Go to Windows Update
  2. Click on Advanced options
  3. Open the Active hours drop-down list

The 365 day deadline

Windows 10 or 11 Pro users, as well as those in business or education, can also delay all updates for up to 365 days after they are released. This will actually allow enterprises to test major feature updates on a few machines before they are rolled out across the enterprise.

  1. Open the The start menu
  2. Type “band”
  3. Click on Edit Group Policy who will open the Local Group Policy Editor
  4. In the left sidebar, click Setting up a computer
  5. Go to Administrative Templates then Window components
  6. Click on Windows Update
  7. Click on Windows Update for Business

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Written by April Fowell

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