Windows Update is a huge part of the Windows experience. But it can be annoying for a number of reasons, perhaps the biggest being its repetition.
Although it is a good practice to update Windows, the frequency of these updates can sometimes be overbearing. They can also often disturb the workflow by needing a reboot.
Let’s see why Windows updates so often and how you can stop it.
Why does Windows Update do so often?
Microsoft changed the way you approach Windows with the release of Windows 10. Before Windows 10, Windows versions such as Windows 7 and 8 were treated as separate solutions.
Starting with Windows 10, Microsoft keeps Windows as a service. The company even called Windows 10 the “last version of Windows.” This means that there will be no new Windows versions, only new updates.
But, as we now know, Microsoft released a new version of Windows: Windows 11.
The reason Windows is updated so often is that Microsoft Windows services with new feature updates, bug fixes, driver updates, Windows Defender definition updates, etc.
However, save a little, these updates are not random and follow a schedule. Knowing this schedule can help you understand why you should install a particular Windows update and whether you can delay it.
Windows 10 and Windows 11 update schedule
When Microsoft released Windows 10 in 2015, it followed a schedule of two feature updates per year and one cumulative update once, on the second Tuesday of every month. There have also been intermittent Defender driver updates, security fixes, and driver updates.
Things are a little different at first Windows 10 version 21H2. Windows 10 now only gets one feature update per year Microsoft supports it for 18 or 30 months with monthly quality/cumulative updates.
Windows 11 also follows a similar update schedule to Windows 10. There is an annual feature update that Microsoft promises to support for 24 months for both Home and Professional versions with monthly quality updates. The support period for Enterprise and Education editions is 36 months.
Frequent Windows Defender updates, driver updates, and bug fixes
Windows checks for updates once a day, at irregular hours, to look for quality updates, feature updates, and Windows Defender definition updates that are usually delivered daily.
There are also important security updates that can arrive at any time to respond to emergency exploits.
In addition, you may also get more updates than usual because there are a lot of driver upgrades for your computer. Many hardware manufacturers offer Driver Updates for Microsoft. The company then bundles them into Windows Updates for easy deployment.
In short, it is common to get multiple updates per day. Most of these updates are installed automatically and do not disturb your workflow.
However, feature updates, some driver updates, and some security fixes will need to restart the device. And that can be very annoying. Fortunately, you can pause Windows Updates for a short while.
How to stop Windows Updates
Before we move on to how to stop Windows updates, it’s important to remember that you should never stop updating Windows under normal circumstances.
Updates are designed to improve your PC experience. They have bug fixes, introduce new features, tighten security, and improve performance. Therefore, you should always install it.
Next, here’s how to pause Windows updates for up to 35 days.
- Hit Windows keytype “Windows Update Settings”, and choose the relevant result.
- In the Windows Update Panel, click Advanced Options.
- Next, scroll down to Pause updates and select a date under pause until. This will be the date after which Windows will start getting new updates, and you’ll need to install them before you can pause them again.
Windows updates can sometimes mess things up
Like all software updates, Windows updates can sometimes mess things up. For example, you may experience performance issues after an update. Fortunately, you can solve most of these issues quite easily.