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Defer Updates option removed in Windows 10 2004

by Mohsin Raza
Defer Updates option removed

The deferred update was a great option for Windows 10, which allowed devices to delay updates for up to 365 days. This has helped many consumers to ensure that they are not affected by the feature update error and that their software and drivers have not been corrupted. However, the deferred update feature has been removed from Windows 10 version 2004 and later. Microsoft believes that it will no longer be necessary because updates are no longer forced, and users can choose to install only when necessary.

Missing Defer Updates option?

When you visit Windows 10 Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update> Advanced Options, the option to postpone the update until 365 days is no longer there.

Instead, the only option you have is to suspend updates for up to 35 days and this application for all versions of Windows 10, including Home.

Defer Updates option removed

So what is the reason why Microsoft should remove this feature in Windows 10 2004? The Microsoft Windows team noted that due to this functionality, many Windows 10 machines only update once a year. While it’s intended for business users, it’s also been implemented for Windows 10 consumers – well, most of us don’t want to update for fear that a feature update will break something. Well, it happens with every Windows 10 update.

That said, Microsoft further mentions about this change as part of Business Update change.

Last year, we changed update installation policies for Windows 10 to only target devices running a feature update version that is nearing end of service. As a result, many devices are only updating once a year. To enable all devices to make the most of this policy change, and to prevent confusion, we have removed deferrals from the Windows Update settings Advanced Options page starting on Windows 10, version 2004

Defer Windows 10 update for 365 days using Group Policy

Group Policy Editor

What Microsoft has done here is remove the option from the Windows 10 update settings. An administrator user can always postpone the update for 365 days with the Group Policy Editor. Here are the steps:

Open the Local Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc at the Run prompt (WIn + R), then press the Enter key. Then go to

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update> Under Windows Update for Business

Double-click to open one of the policies: select this when you receive version preview versions and feature updates or Select when you receive quality updates and change the settings. Here are more details on the two policies.

Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received

Preview Builds

You can enable this policy to specify the preview level of the build or feature updates to receive and when. It is similar to the insider feature, where you can choose to Create Preview or just Post Preview. If your computer can use the biannual channel, you can subscribe to it.

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When you select Generation Summary, you can postpone up to 14 and temporarily suspend for 35 days from the indicated start time. To resume receiving functionality updates, which are suspended, clear the start date field.

When you select a biannual channel, you can postpone receiving feature updates for up to 365 days. You can also take a 35-day break from the indicated start time.

Select when Quality Updates are received

Quality Updates

You can enable this policy to specify when to receive quality updates. The maximum time you can set up to 30 days and use it for 35 days or until you clear the start date field.

With that said, there are two situations where Windows will overwrite these settings. When the existing version of Windows should stop working and there are serious bugs and security issues that need to be fixed. Remember that you can always postpone the update, but once you have upgraded to the update for the available features after the period ends.

So if you couldn’t find the functionality after the 2004 update, it wasn’t an error, but the functionality was removed. So, unfortunately, there are no more referrals for a year, unless you choose to change it from Group Policy.

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