Put Windows 10 updates on hold—now available in Creators Update build 15046


Last night Microsoft released its latest test build for Win10 Version 1703, the Creators Update. While the includes few surprises — the Apps & features setting to only install apps from the Store  — banging on the beta has produced surprising results. You may be able to replicate them on your Insider Fast Ring machine, if it’s running Win10 Pro or Enterprise.

As usual, Win10 Home users are out of luck.

In Win10 Pro, if you navigate to Start > Settings > Update & security > Advanced options you’ll likely encounter the new Pause Updates slider. As you can see in the first screenshot, that slider will “Temporarily pause updates from being installed on this device for up to 35 days. When updates resume, this device will need to get the latest updates before it can be paused again.”

Woody Leonhard

That’s a nice feature. It bubbles up to the Settings app and combines two settings that are buried in Version 1607 Group Policies. (Type gpedit in the Cortana search box, click Edit group policy/Control Panel, navigate to Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Defer Windows Update. “Pause feature updates” is in the Select when Feature Updates are received policy; “Pause quality updates” is in the Select when Quality Updates are received policy.)

about the settings in the expanded screen, but it’s likely Microsoft will answer some of those questions shortly.