Microsoft might empower its users with an ability to pause Windows updates from being installed. This feature is expected to come in the next major update. The feature could be quite useful for those who don't like automatic updates in Windows 10.

A leaked build of Windows 10, version 14997, suggests that the update bundles a lot of features such as revamped setup programme and integrated Cortana. It also includes the long-awaited Blue Light reduction feature, which can be enabled and tweaked by the user.

There were other smaller changes as well such as new feature in the Edge browser called Set Tabs Aside and Show/Hide tab Previews.

One of the significant change in this build, first discovered by Winaero and later on reported by MSPowerUser, is that it allows Windows 10 users to pause updates. This option is available in the Windows Update page under Settings app. As the description for the Pause Updates feature reads, "You can temporarily pause updates from being installed for up to 35 days. Some updates, like Windows Defender definition updates, will continue to be installed."

To enable this feature;

  • Open Settings
  • Head over to Update & security/Windows Update
  • On the right side, go to Advanced settings and click on it
  • Click on it will display a page. Scroll down where you can find an option says pause Updates. Turn it on

Keep in mind this is a leaked build, and the Pause Updates feature will not be available until Windows 10 Creator Update is released. There is also a good chance that Pause Updates feature might be changed with the final version of the update. The Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to see a public release in March next year.