Suspend Windows updates for 35 days on Windows 10

The function to suspend  or block Windows updates has so far been missing in all Windows versions. Microsoft has finally changed this and with the Windows 10 Creators Update , which will appear in April 2017, brings the desired change to suspend Windows updates for a certain time . We have already tested this and would like to show you below how it works. We used Windows 10 version 15014.1000 .

Suspend Windows updates

You can find the necessary settings to suspend Windows updates in the usual Windows Update app . Simply enter the words ” Windows Update ” in the Windows menu or use the Windows key + “I” and then select ” Update and Security “. Then the usual Windows Update settings window appears. There you have the area

Expanded options

select so that the following window is displayed.

suspend windows updates

There is now the ” Suspend updates ” area. Microsoft currently describes this point in English as follows.

Suspend updates

You can temporarily pause updates from being installed for up to 35 days. Some updates, like Windows Defender definition updates, will continue to be installed.

For a German version of Windows 10, this “suspend updates” function looks like this.

You can temporarily suspend the installation of updates on this device for up to 35 days ...

The exact wording is:

Suspend updates
You can temporarily suspend the installation of updates on this device for up to 35 days. When the suspend timeout is reached, new updates must be applied to the device before they can be suspended again. 

If you activate the “Suspend updates” option , you will not receive any Windows updates for the next 35 days . In this example, the Windows updates are suspended until 03.03.2017.

Important: The updates for Windows Defender are not affected by this option. Even if you suspend the Windows updates, the daily defender updates will of course still be installed so as not to endanger the security of your Windows system.

Why Microsoft chose 35 days as the exclusion day is not entirely clear. We presume to bridge the days between 2 Microsoft Patchdays , which are known to take place every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Disable driver updates

This function also includes the function to exclude driver updates . If your the option

Include drivers in Windows updates

deactivated, no Windows drivers will be updated by the Windows Update function. This can be extremely important , especially for hardware-critical systems . We would generally recommend activating this function, since network card drivers that are supplied via Windows Updates are often responsible for problems in the Windows server area.

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