If the Windows 10 October 2018 Update taught us anything, it is that downloading an update as soon as it is arrives is unwise. Microsoft allows Windows 10 to download updates automatically onto devices, but there are reasons to delay updates. The company is now making it easier for Windows 10 Home users to do that.

As mentioned, the potential for an update to arrive broken is always present. The October 2018 Update was quickly paused by Microsoft in October as it was deleting user files. Later issues plagued the OS and only recently has it become more stable.

Sure, the October 2018 Update is an outlier, updates don’t typically arrive that broken. Still, it is usual for bugs to happen through the release of a new Windows 10 update. For that reason, it is wise to delay the update.

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Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education users are able to delay updates through the Settings application. Organizations can stop updates through the Pause Update feature for up to 35 days.

Delay Updates

On Windows 10 Home, users face updates triggering automatically. In Windows 10 19H1, Microsoft is previewing a new feature called “Pause Updates for 7 days” through Settings>Update & Security>Windows Update.

This is specifically for pausing full Windows updates. Microsoft says Windows Defender releases will continue to be sent out.

Microsoft is currently testing the feature on the Insider ahead of what may be a full launch in the spring.

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