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Windows 10 Creators Update Introduces New Pause Update Button

Gavin Phillips 12-04-2017

The Windows 10 Creators Update is rolling out to Windows 10 PCs across the world. The massive Windows 10 update is packed full of features, like Start menu tile-folders, an overhauled Game Mode, and further integration of the Control Panel into the new Settings menu. Something for everyone, I’m sure.


Microsoft continues to receive negative feedback regarding their update system. Windows 10 removed control over system updates from the user, switching to an enforced update system. It was, understandably, very unpopular. In the nearly two years following the Windows 10 rollout, Microsoft has stuck firmly to its guns: automatic updates are the easiest and safest option for the majority of users.

However, Microsoft is softening, and the Windows 10 Creators Update introduces a new Pause Updates option.

A Momentary Pause

The Pause Update button provides a momentary pause in the Windows 10 update schedule. Your system will be update-free for seven days from the moment you push the button. Once the seven days is up, your system will be open to updates once again.

In fact, Microsoft has made sure you cannot simply spam the seven day pause to cut updates out completely. In order to use the Pause Update feature again, you’ll have to let your system update. Meaning while you’ve had a quiet seven days, at the end, there is a barrage waiting.

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To find the new Pause Update feature, head to Settings > Update & security > Advanced options, then toggle the Pause Update to On. Your pause update timeframe will be displayed underneath.

Normal Service Resumes

The Windows 10 Pause Update button isn’t the indefinite update stopper that many users still cry out for. But it does offer an easier method of pausing updates than installing third-party software or tinkering with the command line.

Is the new Pause Update enough? Or do you still want more from Microsoft? How many times have you lost work because of an unexpected update? Or have you simply ditched Windows? Let us know your thoughts below!

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  1. Ilse Mul
    May 13, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Thought I'd give a heads up about this:
    I've just installed the Creator's update, version 15063 on my private, personal computer (not a company's computer). Unfortunately, the advanced options only has:
    - Give me updates for other microsoft products
    - Use my sign in info to automatically finish
    - privacy settings.
    No pause option or whatsoever in the live version.

    So... we still basically don't have any control over the updates.....

    • Gavin
      May 17, 2017 at 10:27 am

      That's strange, it should be there. Have you received any other updates since? Are you a Pro or Home user?

      • Ilse Mul
        May 17, 2017 at 11:24 am

        Hi Gavin,

        I'm a Home user.

  2. Freddy Puerta
    April 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Si instalas un sistema operativo, sea el que sea, lo lógico es que lo mantengas actualizado, si tu problema es que tu conexión es muy mala, menos de 6MB, entonces hay una forma de mantener pausadas las actualizaciones especificamente en esa red, activa la conexión de uso medido, esto detiene las actualizaciones automáticamente y al conectarte a otra red, se activan nuevamente, no hay conflictos y mantienes tu windows funcionando normalmente. Además no afecta el uso regular del internet en navegación o descargas de cualquier tipo. Habrán aplicaciones que trabajen diferente (las que demanden gran cantidad de datos para funcionar) pero en mi caso va genial. Espero les sirva.

    • Tina Sieber
      April 16, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you for your comment in Spanish on an English website.

      This is kinda how many Windows users feel about how Microsoft communicates with them. But that's what MakeUseOf is here for: we make technology comprehensible. ;)

      So here's a translation of Freddy's comment, courtesy of Google Translate:
      If you install an operating system, whatever, it is logical to keep it updated, if your problem is that your connection is very bad, less than 6 [GB], then there is a way to keep the updates specifically paused on that network, activate the Connection of measured usage, this stops the updates automatically and when connecting to another network, they are activated again, there are no conflicts and you keep your windows running normally. It also does not affect the regular use of the internet in navigation or downloads of any kind. There will be applications that work differently (those that demand a lot of data to work) but in my case it goes great. I hope you serve them.

  3. Michael
    April 13, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I found that window is degraded in some way.
    I found window 10 is even worth. I hooked
    Printer and can't print what I wanted. It requires
    New driver what hell is going on with Microsoft

  4. likefunbutnot
    April 12, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    My biggest complaint is the removal of proper Control Panel and Programs and Features from the Win-X menu. That is some shit right there.

    • Gavin Phillips
      April 14, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Aye. I never understood why that happened. It isn't like they were neatly integrated into the new Settings menu.

  5. R.B. VanDyke
    April 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    > "Or do you still want more from Microsoft?"

    All I ever wanted from Microsoft was to be able to control my computer. Instead, Microsoft spends most of its time and energy trying to take control of my computer away from me.

    NO user ever wanted his or her computer's operating system to function as an advertising platform. NO user ever wanted Windows Update to use the pretense of "security" to try and trick them into "upgrading" to an operating system that functions as an advertising platform. Microsoft's response was to force both of those things onto its captive customer base. And when even that wasn't enough, to redefine the operation of standard GUI elements so that user attempts to assert control over their own computer were instead assents to surrendering that control.

    Which leads to Windows 10's bundling of "security" updates. Why do users want to be able to stop those updates? Because beginning with Windows 95, the company's behavior means that users DO NOT TRUST Microsoft to do the right thing, ever...

    • Gavin Phillips
      April 14, 2017 at 11:39 am

      It seems pretty simple to you and I, doesn't it. Just give us control over our PC. I've been softened. When Windows 10 was released I was full of outrage. Now I just work around the updates.

      The adverts, I agree, are too much. At least they can be turned off!