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How to pause Windows 10 Updates from being installed when they are released

by AshwinMay 29, 2018

How to pause Windows 10 Updates from being installed when they are released ? This question makes a lot of sense, given the recent disaster that is Windows 10 April Update.

Is Google Chrome not working for you? Are you experiencing lags or freezes on the computer? Is your computer boot-looping? These are some of the bugs which have affected Windows 10 users who have updated to the April Update.

Yesterday, we told you how to fix Windows 10 Update Failed if you are an Avast user. But what about an alternative. How about stopping updates entirely? Unfortunately this is not possible in Windows 10.

The most you can do, is to pause updates. Something is better than nothing, right?

Before you learn how to pause Windows 10 Updates, there is something that you should know.

Note: You can only pause updates for 35 days. After that, the computer will have to be updated to get the latest updates, before you can pause updates again.

How to pause Windows 10 Updates from being installed:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select “Update and Security”.
  • Click on Advanced Options.
  • There is a toggle for “Pause Updates”.
  • Enable it and you are good to go for another month without buggy updates.

How to pause Windows 10 Updates from being installed

What is the point of this?

By waiting for 35 days, especially after a major Windows Update, you can avoid potentially system crashing bugs. Surely, Microsoft would have fixed the issues by then. We advise taking a system image before updating the PC, at the end of the 35 days period.

Pausing vs Deferring Updates, which one is better?

You can only defer updates for up to 8 days, regardless of whether it is a Feature Update aka a major update (like the Windows 10 April Update), or a Quality Update which only includes security improvements. Pausing updates on the other hand can give you up to 35 days of time.

You may notice something called Semi-Annual Channel on the Windows Update screen. Clicking on this will show two options: Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) and Semi-Annual Channel. Windows 10 Home users may not see such options.

What is the difference between the two?

The Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) was previously called the Current Branch, while the Semi-Annual Channel was the Current Branch for Business. The names have changed but their functionality remains the same. The former gets updates sooner, while the latter gets them slower, which means more stability.

Depending on whether you want updates faster or slower, you can choose between the two.