Options for delaying updates and reboots on Windows devices managed by Engineering IT

Devices managed by Engineering IT update and reboot as necessary on a schedule. This document explains the options users have for delaying this schedule. This only applies to devices running recent versions of Windows 10.

For more info about the behavior of updates on devices managed by Engineering IT, see this page.


Pausing Windows Updates...

Updates can be paused for up to 35 days. This will prevent updates from being installed, which will also prevent reboots related to updates from happening. After 35 days, updates will automatically be unpaused.

Note: as soon as updates are unpaused, for any reason, pending updates must be installed before pausing will be available again. As a result, Windows will immediately check for and install updates after being unpaused, even if you manually unpause after pausing for only a short time. So be sure you want to pause updates before pausing and be extra sure you want to unpause them before unpausing.


To pause or unpause Windows Updates:

  1. Open your start menu and start typing "windows updates"
    • Select the Check for Updates options that appears
  2. (Recommended) Make sure you're fully up to date
  3. Click Advanced options

  4. Click the Pause Updates toggle button as desired


Requesting an exception

For systems which have a legitimate business/research use case that conflicts with the regular update/reboot schedule, we provide an exception process, which can be initiated by filling out the exception form.




Keywords:windows updates update reboot reboots restarts delay managed   Doc ID:85250
Owner:Matthew S.Group:University of Illinois Engineering IT
Created:2018-08-27 10:48 CSTUpdated:2018-08-28 09:13 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Engineering IT
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