Windows 10 Settings

Preventing an upgrade to the next version in 1607 and 1703 or later

Only for Windows 10 Professional 
Upgrading Windows 10 to a next version may have unpleasant effects.
As has been shown with the upgrade from 1607 to 1703 and in some cases a program like Maya autocad did not work anymore.
Reverse to 1607 was the solution, but not for Home users, because they were offered 1703 and stopped was not possible.
This can only be done with Professional Professional
The bottom line is that you are actually skipping a "wrong" upgrade by postponing those 6-12 months.
You will then lift the system to the next upgrade, which will hopefully not cause any problems.
In fact, you should only install every version after 6 months.
Then the Home users of guinea pigs, who have no grip on it, have already complained and hopefully the misses will have been corrected by now.

Version 1703

How to Defer Updates if You´ve Installed the Creators UpdateTo defer updates, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options. Scroll down and use the Feature update and Quality update options under Choose when updates are installed to specify how many days you want to defer updates for. Set these options back to 0 to stop deferring updates. 

Ultimately the choice is yours, but now that Microsoft has updated the Windows 10 version 1703 Settings interface to allow you to to pause or defer Windows Updates with essentially the same level of fidelity as the Local Group Policy Editor, it might just be the easier method.

Version 1607

How to defer a Windows 10 upgrade using Group Policy

If you´re looking to postpone an upgrade for a longer period, it´s possible to delay updates for up to 180-365 days.

Microsoft provides two branch readiness level for receiving feature updates. The Current Branch gets updates when Microsoft considers that the features are ready. Then the Current Branch for Business gets feature updates when Microsoft confirms it´s ready for enterprise deployment. If you want to delay updates as long as possible, you should be selecting the Windows Update for Business (WUB) option, in addition to delaying updates for 180 days.

This option is also only available for Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education, and you can only configure it using the Local Group Policy editor.

To defer feature updates using the Local Group Policy editor, do the following:

Use the Windows Key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.

Type gpedit.msc and press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Browse the following path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Defer Windows Updates

Double-click the Select when Feature Updates are received policy.

Defer Windows Updates (gpedit)

Defer Windows Updates (gpedit)

Select the Enabled option.

Under Options, select the Current Branch for Business option from the drop-down menu.

Choose for how long you want to defer upgrades. You can defer receiving feature updates up to 180-365 days

Check the Pause feature updates option to temporary pause major release from downloading and installing on your PC (this is the same as using the Defer feature updates option in Settings). The pause will remain in effect for 60 or until you clear the check box.

Select when Feature Updates are received policy

Select when Feature Updates are received policy

Click Apply.

Click OK to complete the task.

How to defer Creators Update on Windows 10 Home

If you´re running Windows 10 Home, as soon as the Creators Update, or another feature update, rolls out it´ll download and install automatically. However, you can set your Wi-Fi connection as metered, which limits how the OS access uses an internet connection, and when enabled, updates won´t download automatically to your PC.

To defer feature updates on Windows 10 Home, do the following:

Open Settings.

Click Wi-Fi.

Click the Wi-Fi network you´re connected link.

Settings, Wi-Fi options

Settings, Wi-Fi options

Under Metered connection, make sure to turn on the Set as metered connection toggle switch.

Wi-Fi settings, Set as metered connection

Wi-Fi settings, Set as metered connection

The caveat with this feature is that it only works with when connected using a Wi-Fi network. However, metered connection for Ethernet adapters is available starting with the Windows 10 upgrade

This method will block all kinds of updates, meaning that your computer will be unprotected until you disable the metered connection.


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