How to Pause Windows Updates For 35 Days
First, when you read about Microsoft updates gone awry, keep in mind that the number of people with update problems is a very small percentage of the total number of Windows 10 users.
There are about one billion Windows 10 users. If 3% of them have problems with an update, that’s 30 million users. No doubt that’s a lot of people, but that also means that a whole lot more people didn’t have any problems with the update. But if you’re one of the 3%, it won’t matter much to you how many didn’t have any problems.
It seems that the more time you allow to pass after a new update is released, the better the chances are that whatever issues arise from that update will be fixed. Therefore, the longer you can wait after the update was issued, the more likely it is the upgrade(s) won’t cause big problems.
We don’t recommend turning off Windows updates altogether as that would leave your PC vulnerable to exploits and all kinds of mischief. But, to be sure, delaying the update(s) for a short time could save you a lot of aggravation.
The longest you can currently delay updates without installing them is 7 days. The maximum delay used to be 35 days, but Microsoft changed the update pause limit to back to 7 days with a recent update. But we’re going to show you how to change it back to 35 days. This setting should give you a long enough delay to allow Microsoft to fix any problematic updates.
WARNING — THIS TIP REQUIRES EDITING THE REGISTRY — CREATE A RESTORE POINT BEFORE PROCEEDING
1. Right-click on the Start button and click “Run”
2. In the Run Box type REGEDIT
3. When the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following location:
5. Right-click on FlightSettingsMaxPauseDays and delete it.
After you’ve done that right-click the Start button
Click on Settings
Click on Update & Security
Click on Advanced Settings
Under “Pause updates” use the down arrow to the right of “Select date” to choose a date to allow Windows updates to resume.
You can select a date and delay updates from 1 to 35 days. The screenshot below was taken on 20 May 2020.
Thirty-five days should give a nice buffer from the time the updates were released to the time problems are found and fixed so you should rarely experience a problem with updates.