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How to Pause Updates on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile

Windows update
  • On January 3, 2017

Creators Update will allow you to temporarily pause cumulative updates

Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile both receive monthly cumulative updates with security patches, bug fixes and performance improvements. Right now, these cumulative updates are mandatory – you can’t pause them from being installed.

But Microsoft is changing the Update settings in the upcoming Creators Update in Spring 2017. After the update you will be able to temporarily pause the monthly cumulative updates from being installed for up to 35 days. However, you won’t be able to pause the critical updates, such as those for the Windows Defender.

To ‘Pause Updates’ on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile:

  1. Go to Settings

  2. Open Update & Security

  3. Click on Windows Update

  4. Click on the Advanced options

  5. Turn on ‘Pause Updates’ toggle switch

Windows Pause Update PC Mobile 10 Windows 10

By following these steps, you could temporarily stop installing updates on the device for up to 35 days. Disabling the toggle switch will instantly bring your device on the production update channel, and all updates will be installed.

The ‘Pause Updates’ feature will only defer monthly cumulative updates. To temporarily stop the device from installing feature updates (like Anniversary or Creators update), you can enable the ‘Defer feature updates’ option in Windows Update -> Advanced Options.

Pause Updates will be officially coming to the Windows 10 Creators Update for PC and Mobile. Windows Insiders will be able to test the feature in early 2017 in Insider Preview builds.