How to Defer or Delay Windows 11 2022 Update or Feature Upgrades?


Earlier this week, Microsoft released the Windows 11 2022 Update Version 22H2, which you might already have. If not, you can download the update using Windows 11 Installation Assistant or the Media Creation Tool. If you don’t want to upgrade your system right now, you can defer or delay the Windows 11 2022 Update.

As part of the early editions of Windows, users could defer or delay Windows upgrades by up to 365 days. Eventually, the option was removed since users can install updates as and when required. Although you may experience software or driver issues after installing a new update, you might want to choose to pause an update or delay it until you see how other users react.

This risewindows article will explain how you can defer Windows 11 updates and feature upgrades using either the Group Policy Editor or the Registry Editor.

Windows 11 2022 Update or Feature Upgrade: How to Defer or Delay?

Using the Group Policy Editor

Before processing the steps, you must know that the Group Policy Editor is available only in the Professional and Enterprise editions. If you have the Windows 11 Home edition, you have to run a script to enable it. Then follow the above steps needed to install the Local group editor.

Step 1. First, open Local Group Policy Editor on your computer.

Then, click the Start button, type group policy, and then click the top entry Edit group policy to get started.

Step 2. After that, navigate to the following path on the left panel of the Local Group Policy Editor once it appears on your computer:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Manage updates offered from Windows Update

Step 3. Next, click the “Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received” on the right sidebar.

Step 4. Now, select Enabled.

Step 5. Then, select the number of days you would like to defer the Feature Update. You can delay it for up to 365 days. You can also pause updates for up to 35 days.

Step 6. After that, click Apply.

Step 7. Next, click OK.

Step 8. So, double-click on the “Select when Quality Updates are received” setting.

Step 9. Again, select Enabled.

Step 10. Then, please choose the number of days you’d like to defer the quality update after its release. Quality updates can be delayed for up to 30 days. They can also be paused for up to 35 days.

Step 11. After that, click [/keybt]Apply[/keybt].

Step 12. At last, click [/keybt]OK[/keybt].

When you allow Windows to install the upgrade or feature updates, you can change these settings from Enabled to Not Configured.

Through Registry Editor

Step 1. First, open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Now, navigate to the following path in the Registry Editor window:-


Step 3. Then, select the WindowsUpdate folder and right-click on it. Choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it DeferUpgrade.

Step 4. After that, select Decimal as Base, and set ‘Value data‘ to 1 when you double-click the DeferUpgrade REG_DWORD.

Step 5. Again, select the WindowsUpdate key on the left sidebar and right-click on it. Choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it DeferUpgradePeriodInDays.

Step 6. Then, double-click on the DeferUpgradePeriodInDays REG_DWORD and set its “Value data” to anything between 0 to 365.

Step 7. Again, select the WindowsUpdate key on the left sidebar and right-click on it. Choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it DeferUpdatePeriodInDays.

Step 8. After that, select Decimal as the Base and enter a value between 0 and 30 in the “Value data” box after double-clicking on the DeferUpdatePeriodInDays REG_DWORD.

Step 9. Lastly, reboot your computer to apply the changes.

When you decide to remove the defer update settings, delete all the DWORDs you created earlier.

That’s it for the article.

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