Pause automatic Windows 10 updates? Yes, and it's a lot more useful than we can think about. For example, many updates fail on their first release, such as blue screens, file deletions, power failures, reboots, speaker issues, etc. By pausing automatic updates, what we get is to have time to review what consequences it is to update and whether we are interested or not.
When an update has many issues, within a few days Microsoft releases a patch. That way, if we manually update we'll be installing the update and subsequent patches or other cumulative updates, so we get rid of the negative part of Windows updates.
To achieve this, there are some more or less quick ways to pause or disable automatic updates:
Pause Windows 10 updates for 7 days
It is the most common and most accessible option because just by following this tour, we locate it: Settings -> Update and Security -> Windows Update -> Pause updates for 7 days.
Here we see the option of "Pause updates for 7 days". We must say that we cannot be constantly pausing them as there is a limit that we explain in the next section.
Pause updates until a specific date
The maximum time we can stretch the automatic update pause is 35 days, but at least we don't worry about pressing the update pause week after week.
To achieve this, we need to follow these steps: Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update -> Advanced Options. There choose the specific date when we want automatic Windows 10 updates to be activated again.
We recommend clearing all the checkboxes that appear in this menu, especially the "Restart this device as soon as possible" option. Enabling or clearing the checkbox for update notifications is now at everyone's liking.
After these changes, the updates will no longer be downloaded and installed automatically, but you will have to manually access the Windows Update section and click on the "Download and Install" button if there are pending updates.
Change active hours so that your computer doesn't restart while we use it
This is really important. If we do not want to pause the updates, at least it would be appropriate to change our active hours, otherwise, the PC could be restarted to update automatically in the middle of the workday, online classes, video calls with friends, etc.
To change this setting we do this tour: Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update -> Change Active Hours.
Normally the computer learns what our usual schedule is, but if we usually use them at different times, and there are even days that we do not use or study/work in different shifts, or even if the PC is shared between different people, the active schedule that has set us may not benefit us too much.