Only Windows 10 Professional users can pause Windows updates today, but it is changing. Windows 10 Home users will soon be able to pause updates for up to seven days.
This feature should arrive at all when the next edition of Windows 10, code name 19H1, is complete. It should be released sometime around April 2019. Paul Thurrott first noticed this change, and it was something that Microsoft did not mention in any Windows Insider blog post.
Of course there is a limit: You can only pause updates for seven days at a time. To do so, simply go to Settings> Update and Security> Windows Update. There is now the "Pause updates for 7 days" option here, and it works on Windows 10 Home.
Windows 10 does not install any updates while it is paused. However, when you cancel updates, either after a seven-day period or if you click the "Continue Updates" button, Windows will immediately search for updates and install them.
This is not a way to permanently update updates. You can only avoid them for seven days at a time, and then you need to update. But it's still a big improvement, and that means you can tell Windows not to bother you for a while. If you are traveling or busy with something you can get a residence time from updates up to a week. It's huge!
Windows 10 Professional users still have more control, including the ability to pause updates for up to 35 days instead of just seven and other options to delay functions and quality updates. But Windows 10 home users finally have more control over updates.
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