Do you know how to manage updates like pausing the updates for a period or scheduling a restart to finish the installation in Windows 11 or Windows 10? In this post, MiniTool Software will show the answers you want to know.

Windows allows you to change when and how to install the latest updates to make your computer run smoothly and securely. For example, you can pause Windows Update for some days if you don’t want to install the update immediately. You can also schedule a restart for the Windows update so that the update installation will not interfere with your work. Here in this post, we will show you how to manage updates in Windows 11/10.

Windows Update FAQ: How to Check for Updates & Fix Update Issues
Windows Update FAQ: How to Check for Updates & Fix Update Issues

In this article, we will introduce and solve some Windows Update FAQ you may encounter before, during, or after a Windows 10/11 update.

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How to Manage Updates in Windows 11?

How to Pause Windows 11 Update for 1 Week?

If you think your device is not ready for the updates that have arrived, you can choose to temporarily pause these updates for 7 days in Windows 11. It is very simple to do this:

Step 1: Click Start, then go to Settings > Windows Update.

Step 2: Click the Pause for a week button next to Pause updates. Then, Windows Update will not check for updates within 7 days. When the pause limit reaches, you will need to install the latest updates before you can pause Windows 11 updates again using this method.

pause Windows 11 updates for 1 week

How to Resume Windows 11 Updates?

If you want to continue receiving updates before the pause limit reaches, you can just click the Resume updates button in Windows Updates. Then, Windows Update will begin to check for updates and list the available updates. You can click the Download and install button to install all the updates on your device. You can also click the Install button next to your desired update to install only that update.

resume updates in Windows 11

How to Schedule a Restart for a Windows 11 Update?

You need to restart your computer to finish an update installation and you will receive a restart prompt by default. While you are busy with work using your computer, you don’t want to be interrupted by a computer restart. If so, you can schedule a more convenient time for installing the update.

Windows Update restart prompt

Step 1: If the prompt is still there, you can click the Pick a time button to continue. However, if you have missed that prompt, you can go to Start > Settings > Windows Update, then click the Schedule the restart link to select a restart time that is convenient for you. On the other hand, you can set active hours to make sure your machine only restarts for installing updates when you’re not using your PC. This setting will be applied to all updates in Windows 11.

schedule the restart

How to Manage Updates in Windows 10?

The ways to manage updates in Windows 10 are similar to the operations in Windows 11. There are only a few differences. For example, you can pause Windows 10 updates for up to 35 days. Here is how to manage updates in Windows 10.

How to Pause Windows 10 Update?

For Windows 10 version 1903 (or later), Windows 10 Pro version 1809, or Windows 10 Enterprise version 1809:

Step 1: Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.

Step 2: Click Pause updates for 7 days.

Step 3: If you need to pause updates for more days, you can click Advanced options and select a suitable date from the drop-down menu under Pause until.

pause Windows 10 updates for up to 35 days

How to Resume Windows 10 Updates?

To continue getting updates in Windows 10 before reaching the limit date, you can just click the Resume updates button in Windows Update.

resume updates in Windows 10

How to Schedule a Restart for a Windows 10 Update?

You also need to restart your device to complete the whole update installation. If you don’t want it to disturb your work, you can schedule a restart as per your time.

Step 1: Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.

Step 2: Click Schedule the restart and select a proper time to restart your computer.

Likewise, you can also set active hours in Windows 10 to schedule restart time for all updates.

These are the methods to manage updates on your Windows 11/10 computer. Should you have any other related issues, you can let us know in the comments.1

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