While automatic updates won’t stop being a part of Windows 10, Microsoft is mitigating possible problems with an option that allows you to temporarily pause updates from downloading and installing for up to 35 days. However, some updates, such as definition updates for Microsoft Defender, will continue to download automatically to secure your device. In this guide, you will learn the steps to use the “Pause Updates” feature to prevent updates from being installed on Windows 10.

Disable updates temporarily on Windows 10

To disable updates on Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home, follow these steps: After you complete the steps, the device will no longer download updates for the days specified in the option. Pause updates option Disable updates Update March 30, 2021: This guide was originally published in December 2016, and it’s been updated in March 2021 to reflect the new changes. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.