How to delay Windows 10 updates, like the upcoming May 2019 Update

Do you want to stop Windows 10 May 2019 Update from installing, when it arrives at the end of the month, through Windows Update? If you have Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education or Windows 10 Enterprise installed, you can postpone the upgrade for at least four months or until August 2019. This way you make sure that bugs and driver issues get fixed before installing the update on your Windows 10 computers and devices. Here is how to delay feature updates in Windows 10, for quite a long time:

Which editions of Windows 10 allow you delay updates?

If you have the Home edition of Windows 10, which is aimed at home users, you cannot postpone updates. If Microsoft detects that your system has some compatibility issues with an update, it may deliver it after a couple of weeks or months, when the situation improves.

In Windows 10 Home you cannot pause updates

If you do not know which Windows 10 edition you have installed, read: What version, edition and type of Windows 10 do I have installed? If you do have Windows 10 Pro, Education or Enterprise, read on.

Step 1. Open the Settings app

Open the Settings app. One quick way to do it is to press the Start button and then on its shortcut in the Start Menu. Alternatively, you can press the Windows + I keys on your keyboard.

The Settings shortcut in Windows 10

Step 2. Access Windows 10 Update settings

In the Settings app, go to Update & security.

Windows 10 Settings

By default, Windows Update should be selected on the left. If it is not, choose it yourself.

Here you see how Windows Update works on your computer or device, and you can access its advanced configuration options. Click or tap the "Advanced options" link highlighted below.

Windows Update from Windows 10

This action opens the Advanced options for Windows Update, where you can set how and which updates are delivered to Windows 10. Scroll down the list of settings, to the section that says "Choose when updates are installed."

Advanced options for changing how Windows 10 updates work

Step 3. Postpone the Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Before doing anything, you need to understand some vital context:

  • By default, all Windows 10 users are placed in the "Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)" of updates. This means that you get all the updates that are released by Microsoft as soon as they are available for your specific computer or device. Based on Microsoft's data about your system's compatibility with the latest update, you may receive the update immediately, or after a couple of weeks or months, after driver and app compatibility improves.
  • If you want to delay the installation of significant feature updates, like Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you must place your system in the "Semi-Annual Channel." This branch of Windows 10 updates includes regular security updates, and it installs significant feature updates like Windows 10 May 2019 Update only after they have been validated in the consumer sector for at least four months. If you prize stability more than getting the latest features as soon as possible, you should use this setting.
  • You can also pause all updates, for up to 35 days, including feature updates like Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

To pause all updates for up to 35 days, set the "Pause Updates" switch to On. We did this on March 31st, 2019 and all Windows 10 updates got paused until May 5th, 2019.

Pausing Windows 10 updates for up to 35 days

To postpone the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, go to "Choose when updates are installed," click or tap the "Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)" drop-down list and choose "Semi-Annual Channel." Therefore, you should not get the Windows 10 May 2019 Update until at least August 2019 or later.

Changing the channel for Windows 10 updates

Microsoft also gives you another option to postpone significant feature updates like Windows 10 May 2019 Update, up to a year or 365 days. To do so, look for the drop-down list under the text that says: "A feature update includes new capabilities and improvements. It can be deferred for this many days." Click or tap on it and choose the number of days you want to postpone the update. Then, close the Settings app.

Postponing Windows 10 updates for up to 365 days

IMPORTANT: 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, at 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 you do not want the Windows 10 May 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 May 2019 Update. What are your reasons for rejecting it?