Microsoft is giving Windows 10 users more control over when to install updates

Written 2 weeks ago by IanDorfman

Microsoft has announced that it is changing how Windows 10 owners can choose to accept, download, and install updates via Windows Update.

Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Windows Mike Fortin detailed the changes in a post on the official Windows Experience Blog today. In it, he described the current behavior for Windows Update on Small Windows 10 iconWindows 10 compared to how it will work after the forthcoming May 2019 Update.

The major change the May 2019 Update implements to accomplish this user control over installing future Windows 10 software updates is referred to as "download and install now." Any major feature update that is recognized as compatible with your machine running Windows 10 will require you to select "download and install now" on the Windows Update page before it installs. The exception to this is if your current version of Windows 10 is nearing its "end of support" phase of the operating system's software version life cycle.

In addition to the "download and install now" functionality, there will also be a newly extended amount of time you can pause the installation of new monthly updates, including on Windows 10 Home. Monthly updates can now be delayed from being installed up to 35 days after they've been discovered by your installation via Windows Update. According to the blog post, this can be done "seven days at a time, up to five times" before users have to finish the downloading and installation of any deferred monthly and feature updates.

The Windows 10 May 2019 Update will be available to everyone running versions 1803 and 1809 (the March 2018 and September 2018 Updates) by "late May."

Further coverage:
Windows Experience Blog
Ars Technica
Engadget
gHacks Tech News
ZDNet