This Hack Lets You Extend Windows Update Deferral Period For More Than 35 Days

Microsoft releases security updates and patches on a monthly basis to keep your systems updated against the latest threats. However, there are times when you want to avoid the buggy updates or you don’t have time to complete the installation process. If so, you may prefer to pause the updates but there was no such feature.

Microsoft addressed this issue with the release of Windows 10 version 1903. Now Windows 10 Pro and Home users have the option that can be used to defer quality updates for up to 35 days. The option is available on the Windows Update page under the settings banner.

No doubt the defer updates feature is handy for those who want to avoid early Windows 10 bugs. However, this feature has a limitation. Some people are annoyed by the fact that they can not extend the time period once the 35 days duration is over.

Those who activated the functionality noticed that there is no option to go beyond the 35 days time duration. As a matter of fact, a built-in lock is in place that restricts you from extending the pause interval. By the look of things, a clever user has found a solution to this problem.

Steps To Pause Updates On Windows 10 1903 & Above

Note: By pausing Windows 10 updates, you would be running a vulnerable OS on your PC.

Luckily, a hack allows you to reset the initial 35 days period so that a new clock is activated on your system. So, you need to disconnect the internet connection from your system as soon as the 35 days period is about to finish.

The Windows 10 user found a way to prevent the machine from establishing a connection with Microsoft Update servers. The person who was using the Metered Connections mode activated Airplane mode for that purpose. Alternatively, you can either disable the network connection or unplug the LAN cable from your system.

  1. Once you have completed the above-mentioned steps, open the Settings window and navigate to the Windows Update page.
  2. Now click on the Resume Updates button to activate the defer updates feature.

Congrats, you can now delay updates on your system for the next 35 days. Notably, you still have the option to reschedule the interval with the help of this method. Some users confirmed that this method works on systems running Windows 10 1903 and above (Home & Pro versions).

Did this trick work for you? Let us know in the comments section below.

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.