How to pause Windows 10 October 2018 Update if you don’t want it?

October 3, 2018 |

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These days some users may want to know how to avoid the October 2018 update. You will have a chance to do that if you are using Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise or Education.

However, most users have the Windows 10 Home version, and they will not be able to delay the coming update. If that is the case for you, your only option is to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional, if you are extremely adamant about not using this update. Tc are used on other various editions of Windows in order to delay the update; however, it will not be possible to avoid this update completely.

So, how to prevent Windows 10 from installing the October 2018 update?

  • Step 1. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options.
  • Step 2. Scroll down to the section called “Choose when updates are installed”.
  • Step 3. Click the box that says: “Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)”.
  • Step 4. Switch to “Semi-Annual Channel”. This will allow you to delay the update for at least 4 months.

If you want to delay the update even further in time, you can click “A feature update includes new capabilities and improvements. It can be deferred for this many days” and set to how many days you want to delay the update. So, you will be able to delay the update at least for a year. Keep in mind that the number of days is going to be cumulative with the previous setting, so you can potentially delay the update for even longer. Of course, if you are interested in your computer running well, you shouldn’t forget about updates altogether as they are an essential part of the maintenance of your computer and some bugs will come up that you could have avoided if you had updated your OS in time.

The settings for Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise or Education allow deterring even for security updates, which might come in handy if you are not ready to customize the new settings yet. Although, we are here to warn you that in this case, you might want to employ an additional tool like Auslogics Anti-Malware to keep malicious programs at bay because they tend to evolve even quicker than the protective features of Windows Defender.

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