How to Delay the Windows 10 October 2018 Update Version 1809

Microsoft is set to release the new October 2018 Update in the coming weeks. But if you want to delay it until all bugs are worked out, you can.

It’s that time of year again where Microsoft rolls out a major feature update for Windows 10. In the next few weeks, Microsoft will begin rolling out Windows 10 Version 1809 aka October 2018 Update. Similar to previous feature updates, it will be a staggered rollout to users with new machines first and then expand to older devices. Last year’s April 2018 Update (Version 1803) rollout was relatively successful, but generally, it’s a good idea to defer the big update at least until the first cumulative update is released.

Unless you change the settings, your Windows 10 system will get the update automatically. Here is how to hold off the update until you’re confident it’s stable and are ready to install it.

Delay Windows 10 Version 1809

To delay the feature update for up to a full year, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Advanced options.

Advanced Update Options

On the following screen, under the “Choose when updates are installed” section, select the number of days you want to delay a feature update. Typically, I choose 90 days, but you can go all the way up to a full 365 days. Keep in mind that if you want to update sooner than the time you choose, you can go back in and change it. Remember, you still want to get security patches, so keep the quality update value at zero.

Select delay of Feature Update Windows 10

Pause Updates

Just below the settings above, you’ll see the option to pause updates. Turning this on will pause quality and feature updates for up to 35 days.

Postpone the Update

Now, if the update has already been downloaded in the background before you made any changes, you still can postpone it for up to a week. Head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click on the Restart options link. Then set the time and date you want the update to occur – up to seven days.

Block the Feature Update

Simply delaying the update is ideal but, the Home version of Windows 10 isn’t as liberal when it comes to delaying updates. What you can do is block the update using Metered Connection settings. To do that, go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi (or Ethernet on a desktop) and turn “Metered connection” on.

It’s especially important to remember that doing this will block all quality updates, however, priority updates that fix major security issues will still come in. Plus, you can also download and install updates manually. Still, you will want to use this option judicially. For more on using a metered connection read our article on how to limit Windows 10 data use over a metered connection.

Will you allow your system to update when it’s available right away or do you plan to delay it for a while using one of the above options?



  1. Biagio Vella

    I shall update as soon as it comes as I have done previously

  2. Lew

    That option does not show on my computers. Is it not available on the Windows 10 Home version?

    • Larry

      Same here, and I also have Win 10 Home.

    • Brian Burgess

      @Lew For the Home version, you need to use the last option — Home version of Windows 10 isn’t as liberal when it comes to delaying updates. What you can do is block the update using Metered Connection settings.

      • jelabarre

        I just went into the “services” panel and set the “Windows Update” service to “disabled”. Also set the ethernet connection to “metered” (it might as well be, if you’re lucky it will have a 0.7mbit download, and resolves horribly). Since the machine is 90min or more away, don’t want it barfing when it tries to download and install the latest bloatmonster.

      • Victor

        I think you missed the point. The “Metered Connection” setting is no longer available Win 10 Home.

  3. George

    Yeah I’m also gonna install it as soon as it’s officially available for my Computer. I always get rather excited when a new update is right around the corner.

    • Matt

      I too, will install it as soon as it’s officially available. And I also get rather excited when a new update is about to be released. I have not had a problem before with an update, be it minor OR major; I don’t expect a problem this time, either. Besides, most issues found are addressed in subsequent updates. So bring it on! :)

  4. Farrokh

    Thanks to groovy and team. I always read your newsletters first . This was a 64000$ question for me and you just increased my knowledge and wisdom. Hope to contribute soon, financially.


  5. Doug

    I wiil be not be installing the Spring update. I am waiting for the Fall update. When the Fall update is available, will I have to install the Spring update first? Even though I set the updates to be delayed?

  6. Miles

    Creators Edition is Huge, bloated and messed up my graphic drivers.
    I rolled it back & went to metered connection to block it.
    No more graphic driver issues.
    Thanks for the tips!

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