How to enable / disable the Pause Updates feature for Windows Update in Windows 10

How to enable / disable the Pause Updates feature for Windows Update in Windows 10

This guide will show you how to enable or disable access to Windows Update’s Pause updates feature for all users in Windows 10.

Updates can be delayed for up to 35 days

Windows Update keeps Windows 10 up to date by downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15002, you can temporarily delay installing updates for up to 7 days (for Insiders) or 35 days (for non-Insiders). Some updates, like the Windows Defender definition update, will continue to be installed.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, you can use a new group policy to remove access to the “Pause updates” feature.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1903, Windows 10 Home edition may pause updates.

Note : You must be logged in as admin to enable or disable Pause updates.

Turn on / off Pause updates with Local Group Policy Editor

Local Group Policy Editor is only available in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.

2. On the left side of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below.

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update
Navigate to the location above in the Local Group Policy Editor

3 On the right side of Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor, double-click the Remove access to “Pause updates” feature to edit.

4. Do step 6 (to turn on) or step 7 (to turn off) below, depending on what you want to do.

5. To enable Pause Updates, select Not Configured or Disabled , click OK and go to step 7 below. Not Configured is the default setting.

6. To turn off Pause Updates, select Enabled , click OK and go to step 7 below.

To turn off Pause Updates, select Enabled

7. Close Local Group Policy Editor.

8. Restart the computer to apply the change.

Turn on / off the Pause updates feature by Registry

Alternatively, if you’re running Windows 10 Home or don’t have access to the Group Policy Editor, you can modify the Registry to disable the Pause updates option.

Warning : Note that editing the Registry is risky and it could cause irreversible damage to the installation, if you don’t do it correctly. We recommend that you create a temporary full backup for your PC before proceeding.

1. Open Start.

2. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the Registry.

3. Browse through the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate

Quick tip : On Windows 10, you can now copy and paste the path into the Registry’s address bar to quickly go to the destination.

4. Right-click the WindowsUpdate key (folder), select New and DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Right-click the WindowsUpdate key (folder), choose New and DWORD (32-bit) Value

5. Name the key SetDisablePauseUXAccess and press Enter.

6. Double-click the newly created DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1 .

Double-click the newly created DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1

7. Click OK.

8. Restart the computer.

After you complete the steps, the user will no longer have access to pause updates using the Settings app.

At any time you can undo the changes using the same instructions, but in step number 6 make sure to set the value from 1 to 0 or right-click on the SetDisablePauseUXAccess key and select the option Delete.

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