How to delay Windows 10 updates, like the November 2019 Update

Do you want to stop Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909) from downloading and installing on your computers and other similar devices? The good news is that, if you have Windows 10 Pro or a superior edition such as Enterprise, you can postpone updates for up to an entire year. Even if you only have Windows 10 Home, you can still change some settings and make it delay updates for up to 35 days. Here is how to postpone Windows 10 updates such as November 2019 Update:

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

For how much time can you delay updates in Windows 10?

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, follow the first two steps from this article, because they're the ones that apply to you. If you use 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. Read all the steps from our guide to see which are your additional Windows Update options.

Details about the Windows 10 edition, version, and build

Also, when you postpone updates, Windows 10 respects the settings that you make. However, when the postpone 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.

Step 1. Access Windows 10's Update settings from the Settings app

First, open the Settings app: a quick way to do it is to click or tap its shortcut from the Start Menu or, if you prefer using your keyboard, simultaneously press the Windows + I keys on it. Then, 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 on your computer or device, and you can access its advanced configuration options. 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 can decide how, when, and which updates are delivered to your Windows 10.

Step 2. Pause updates from being installed on your Windows 10 PC

On the Advanced options page, scroll down the list of settings, until you get to the Pause updates section. Here, Windows 10 lets you block updates from being installed on your PC for up to 35 days. To do so, click or tap on the "Pause until" list.

The Pause until setting from Pause updates section

Then, select the date until when updates are going to be paused on your Windows 10 PC.

The date until when updates are paused in Windows 10

As we mentioned at the beginning of this guide, pausing updates is a feature that is also available in Windows 10 Home. However, the next Windows 10 Update settings illustrated in this guide are found only in other editions, such as Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education, or Windows 10 Enterprise.

Step 3. Choose for how much time you want to postpone Windows 10 feature and quality updates

In Windows 10 Pro, Education, or Enterprise, you can also defer updates such as the November 2019 Update (version 1909), 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 after the Pause updates section.

Choose when updates are installed, in Windows 10 Pro

Here, there are two settings that you can configure, and both of them have rather clear descriptions. 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 November 2019 Update, for up to 365 days (one year). To choose how long to pause feature updates, click or tap on the list beneath it and select the number of days that you want.

Feature updates can be postponed for up to 365 days

The second setting is about quality updates, which are also known as cumulative updates or cumulative quality updates. These updates are mostly fixes and patches for bugs and vulnerabilities and do not include new features, changes to the user interface, or significant improvements for 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 for how many days you want that. 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. :)

Don't you want the Windows 10 November 2019 Update?

Major updates to Windows 10 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. Since you have opened and read this guide, it is evident that you do not want to upgrade. Therefore, share with us why you do not wish to install Windows 10 November 2019 Update. What are your reasons for rejecting it?