Defer Upgrades and Updates

Enable this policy in order to defer upgrades for up to eight months.

You can also choose to delay updates for up to one month. If you do not delay updates, your PC will remain up to date with security updates as they become available.

If an issue arises with an update or upgrade, select "Pause Upgrades and Updates". This will delay updates and upgrades until the next monthly update or upgrade becomes available. Once a new update or upgrade it available, the value will go back to the previously selected option, re-enabling your validation groups.

Note: Definition updates will not be impacted by this policy.

Note: If the "Specify intranet Microsoft update service location" policy is enabled, then the "Defer upgrades by", "Defer updates by" and "Pause Updates and Upgrades" settings have no effect.

Note: If the "Allow Telemetry" policy is enabled and the Options value is set to 0, then the "Defer upgrades by", "Defer updates by" and "Pause Updates and Upgrades" settings have no effect.

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Supported on: At least Windows 10 Server or Windows 10
Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
Value NameDeferUpgrade
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0

Defer upgrades for the following

duration (months):

Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
Value NameDeferUpgradePeriod
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Default Value0
Min Value0
Max Value8

Defer updates for the following

duration (weeks):

Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
Value NameDeferUpdatePeriod
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Default Value0
Min Value0
Max Value4
Pause Upgrades and Updates
Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
Value NamePauseDeferrals
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Default Value0
True Value1
False Value0

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