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How to Delay Windows 10 Updates

Windows 10’s twice-a-year updates mean more new features, more often. Unfortunately, major updates can also break things. If you’d rather wait until the bugs are squashed, tweak this setting and delay those updates until they’ve gone through more testing.

Starting with the May 2019 Update (version 1903), Microsoft stopped forcing these updates quite as strongly as it once did. Instead of automatically installing big feature updates, you’ll see an option in the Windows Update settings to download and install the update at your leisure. At least, until the version you’re currently running is nearing the end of support—at which point you’ll need to upgrade.

Thankfully, you have a few options for delaying updates big and small. Open the Settings app and select Update & Security > Windows Update, where you can download new updates as they’re made available. You’ll also find a “Pause updates for 7 days” button.

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