Delay Windows 10 updates and the upcoming May 2020 Update

At the end of May, Microsoft is starting the rollout of Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004 or 20H1). While this feature update introduces lots of welcome changes, Microsoft does have a history of delivering buggy updates that cause problems to some users. If you want to stay safe, it's a good idea to postpone this Windows 10 update for a while. If you're using Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can postpone it for a year. With Windows 10 Home, you can change some settings and delay updates for up to 35 days. Here is how to postpone May 2020 Update and other Windows 10 updates:

How long can you delay updates in Windows 10 for?

Regardless of the Windows 10 edition that you are using, be it Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home, you can pause updates. In the Home edition, you can only delay them for up to 35 days, while in more expensive editions such as Windows 10 Pro, you can delay them for up to 365 days.

If you have Windows 10 Home on your device, follow the first two steps from this article, because they're the ones that apply to you. If you're using Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education, or Windows 10 Enterprise, you have additional controls that allow you to defer updates for up to 365 days. Users of these editions should read our tutorial until the end.

Details about the Windows 10 edition, version, and build

If you do not know what edition of Windows 10 you're using, here is how to find out: How to check the Windows 10 version, OS build, edition, or type.

Step 1. Access Windows 10's update settings

Open the Settings app: a quick way is to click or tap its shortcut from the Start Menu. If you prefer using the keyboard, simultaneously press the Windows + I keys on it. In the Settings app, go to Update & Security.

The Update & Security category from the Settings app

By default, Windows Update should be selected on the left. If it is not, click or tap on it. Here you see how Windows 10 updates work. You can pause them for 7 days, view your update history, and access advanced configuration options.

To control the delay of Windows 10 updates, click or tap the Advanced options button from the right side of the window.

The Advanced options button from the Windows Update settings

This action opens the Advanced options for Windows Update, where you decide how, when, and which updates are delivered to your Windows 10 PC or device. If you have Windows 10 Home, you can see a shorter list of advanced options, as shown in the screenshot below.

The Advanced options for Windows Update in Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education, and Windows 10 Enterprise have more options, as shown in the next steps of this tutorial.

Step 2. Pause Windows 10 updates from being installed

Scroll down the list of Advanced options, until you get to the Pause updates section. Here, Windows 10 lets you delay updates from being installed for up to 35 days. To do so, click or tap on the "Pause until" list.

The Pause until setting from the Pause updates section

Select the date until when Windows 10 updates are paused.

The date until when updates are paused in Windows 10

If you are a Windows 10 Home user, your delay options end here. If you're using other editions, such as Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education, or Windows 10 Enterprise, keep reading this tutorial.

Step 3. Choose how long you want to delay Windows 10 feature and quality updates for

In Windows 10 Pro, Education, or Enterprise, you can also defer feature updates, such as the May 2020 Update, for up to 365 days (one year). In "Settings > Update & Security > Advanced options," scroll until you find a section called "Choose when updates are installed." It should be right under the Pause updates section.

Choose when updates are installed in Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise

Here, there are two settings that you can configure. The first one says that "A feature update includes new capabilities and improvements. It can be deferred for this many days," and the second one says that "A quality update includes security improvements. It can be deferred for this many days".

The first one pauses feature updates, such as the May 2020 Update, for up to 365 days (one year). To choose how long to pause feature updates for, click or tap on the list beneath it and select the number of days that you want.

Feature updates to Windows 10 can be postponed for up to 365 days

The second setting is about Windows 10 quality updates, which are also known as cumulative updates or cumulative quality updates. They are mostly fixes and patches for bugs and vulnerabilities. Such updates do not include new features, changes to the user interface, or significant improvements to the operating system. If you want to stop quality updates from being installed on your Windows 10 PC, click or tap on this setting and choose how many days you want that for. The maximum amount of time you are allowed to defer quality updates is 30 days.

Quality updates can be postponed for up to 30 days

That's it: you can now close the Settings app and relax. Windows 10 is no longer going to install updates as soon as they become available, but after the time you selected.

Remember that you can't delay Windows 10 updates forever

When you postpone updates, Windows 10 respects the settings you make. However, when the delay period ends, you can no longer pause updates again until Windows 10 installs its latest available version on that date. If you want to configure when Windows 10 is allowed to install updates and restart your PC, read: How to set when Windows 10 is allowed to install updates and restart your PC.

Why do you want to delay Windows 10 updates?

Feature updates to Windows 10 like the May 2020 Update bring new features, bug fixes, and several improvements to the operating system. However, sometimes, they may also cause stability problems for some computers or devices. That's why it is better not to install those updates immediately, and wait for at least a month or so. Before closing this tutorial, tell us what made you decide to delay Windows 10 updates. Did you encounter any problems in the past? Comment below, and let's discuss.