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How to Defer Updates in Windows 10

How to Defer Updates in Windows 10

by AshwinFebruary 4, 2016

Windows 10 is gaining momentum on Windows XP and Windows 7, and may over take the former soon.

Defer Updates in Windows 10

But the new operating system has problems aplenty.

For starters, Windows 10 isn’t exactly as user friendly as Windows 7 was, and probably never will be. Navigating through the operating system and it’s settings is a disaster. I often come across multiple threads on Reddit where users keep asking How to do this, How to do that, which clearly shows just how hard Windows 10, is to use.

One of the major problems is Windows 10 is the Windows Updates. Wait, I thought updates were good, what has changed now? If this is what you are thinking, you are a little behind the news. When Microsoft was testing Windows 10 in the Windows Insider Program’s Preview Builds, before the operating system was launched, it made it clear that Windows 10 users won’t have the option to disable Windows Updates, like they did in previous versions of Windows.

And thus, every single update released will be installed as soon as they are rolled out by Microsoft. So, if a buggy Windows Update is released, it will affect users badly. Some may caused apps to crash, or even cause hardware errors.

This is most likely to avoid piracy issues, but Microsoft’s official stand is “User Security”. By providing such an update system, Microsoft wants to ensure all users have the security updates installed as soon as possible.

Fortunately, there is one workaround for this headache, it is called Defering Updates. What it basically means and does is that it allows the user to delay updates, or postpone it, whatever you wish to call it.

The option sadly isn’t available in Windows 10 Home Editions. So, you will need Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise or an Education edition installed on your computer to use this guide.

How to Defer Updates in Windows 10

1. Click on the Start button.
2. Select the Settings App.
3. Now click on the last option, which says Update & Security.
4. On the left pane of this application, select the first option “Windows Updates”
5. Click on the “Advanced Options” in the right pane.
6. There is an option which says “Defer Upgrades”, it should have a checkbox beside it. Click on it to enable the option.

Deferring updates is safe, and does not compromise your Windows 10 computer’s security. Here is what Microsoft says about it:

Some Windows 10 editions let you defer upgrades to your PC. When you defer upgrades, new Windows features won’t be downloaded or installed for several months. Deferring upgrades doesn’t affect security updates. Note that deferring upgrades will prevent you from getting the latest Windows features as soon as they’re available.

Hopefully someday in the future, Microsoft will allow users to disable Windows Updates properly.