With the release of Windows 10 2004 Update (May 2020 Build), Microsoft has made another controversial change that is going to affect many users. Now, you can no longer pause Windows 10 updates for more than 7 days — be it a feature or quality update. Earlier, you could defer feature updates for 365 days and 30 days for quality updates. And the worst part is that the new change is being rolled out to all editions of Windows 10. Having said that, if you are using Windows 10 Pro then you at least have the option to bring back pause update on Windows 10 for a much longer time. And in this article, we are going to show you exactly how you can do it. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Bring Back Pause Update on Windows 10
While the changes are being made on the latest Windows 10 build, there are many users who have reported that “Pause Update” is missing from Windows Settings, irrespective of the 2004 build. So if you are one of those affected users then you can also follow this guide to bring back pause update on Windows 10.
Note: You must have Windows 10 Pro edition to be able to make the required changes.
1. Press the Windows key once and search for “group”. It will throw “Edit group policy” on top. Click on it.
2. Under the Computer Configuration menu, click on Administrative Templates and navigate to Windows Components -> Windows Update -> Windows Update for Business.
3. Here, double-click on “Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received”. After that, click on “Enable”. Now, at the lower panel, you can set the number of days for which you want to pause the update on Windows 10. Keep in mind, it will pause feature updates only and you can defer updates up to 365 days.
4. To pause quality updates that come frequently on Windows 10, double-click on “Select when Quality Updates are received” and enable it. After that, set the number of days in the lower panel. Bear in mind, you can defer quality updates up to 30 days.
Defer Windows 10 Updates Just Like Before
So that is how you can pause Windows 10 updates for a longer period of time, even if the option has been removed from Windows 10 2004 version. Sure, it does not bring back “Choose when updates are installed” option under Windows Settings, but you can access it from Group Policy. In case, you want to completely block Windows 10 updates then you can go through our linked article. Anyway, that is all from us. If you found the article helpful then do comment down below and let us know.