How to delay Windows Updates longer in Windows 10

Firmware and software update are essential for security and usability among other reasons geared towards smooth usefulness to mostly the end user(s). However the update routine tends to create annoyance and fatigue due to short term requirment.

In Windows 10, delaying updates can be useful if you want to avoid interruptions or if you prefer to wait for a stable release. However, there are limits to how long you can delay updates, depending on the edition of Windows 10 you are using.

Update may be delayed for various reasons, salient factors are data savings and performance increase; something Windows operating system is no exception to.

Be aware that delaying updates for too long can leave your computer vulnerable to security threats and may cause compatibility issues with newer software. It’s important to find a balance between delaying updates and keeping your computer up-to-date and secure.

How to Delay updates

In Windows 10, you can delay updates from being installed for up to 35 days. Here are the steps you can follow to delay Windows Updates longer:

  1. Open Windows Settings by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the gear icon, or by pressing the Windows key + I on your keyboard.
  2. Click on “Update & Security”.
  3. Select the “Windows Update” tab on the left-hand side.
  4. Under “Update settings”, click on “Advanced options”.
  5. Under “Pause updates”, select the date up to which you want to pause updates. You can choose a date up to 35 days in the future.
  6. To delay updates for a longer amount of time, you can create a Group Policy to defer feature updates. Here are the steps:
    • a. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
    • b. Type in “gpedit.msc” and press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
    • c. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.
    • d. Find the “Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received” policy and double-click on it.
    • e. Select the “Enabled” option.
    • f. In the “Options” section, select the number of days to defer feature updates. The maximum value is 365 days.
    • g. Click on “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

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How to manage and delay Windows Updates longer in Windows 10

With these steps, you should be able to delay Windows updates longer in Windows 10. Do note that it is important to keep your system up to date for security reasons, so it is recommended to only delay updates for a specific period of time and to check for updates regularly.

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Last updated on May 6th, 2023


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