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How to Defer Windows 10 Update form installing

Microsoft is ready to roll out the next feature update for Windows 10 with several new features include a new light theme, windows sandbox, and more. every genuine Windows 10 user connected to Microsoft server will receive the update via Windows update. This means your system automatically downloads and upgrades Windows 10 when it is available. But Due to some reason you are looking to delay the Windows 10 upgrade or you are not ready for the upcoming Windows 10 update here is how to defer Windows 10.

Delay Windows 10 upgrade

If you are using Professional versions of Windows 10 (Pro and Enterprise) You can use the Defer Updates option in your Settings, to delay the installation of Windows 10 Update on your computer. Also, you can use the metered connection, Pause update option to delay Windows update if you are a Windows 10 Home user.

Pause Windows 10 updates

To temporarily stop the Update from downloading and installing on your device, open  Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update. Here Under “Update settings,” click the Advanced options link.

Here Turn on the Pause Updates toggle switch to stop feature updates download and install on your computer for up to 35 days since you turned on the option

Defer Windows 10 Update

If you are looking for delayed Windows updates for more than 35 days then you can use the Defer windows update option to delay the Windows 10 version for several months. Note: The defer update option only available on Windows 10 Pro editions ( professional, enterprise )

Using Windows settings

Open Settings -> Update & Security -> windows update -> Under “Update settings,” click the Advanced options link. Under “Choose when updates are installed,” select the readiness level that you want to delay the update:

  • Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted): Defers feature updates up to 365 days since the original release.
  • Semi-Annual Channel: Defers feature updates up to 365 days since the update is considered stable for organizations. Usually, this happens four months after a new version becomes available in the Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) branch.

To delay the update for longer than four months, click the drop-down menu under feature update includes new capabilities and improvements. In this drop-down menu select the number of additional days you would like to defer the update for, up to a maximum of 365. And that’s it. Your device will not receive the Update until the time you’ve specified, or until you revert the settings.

Using Group Policy

Press Windows + R, type gpedit.msc And Ok to open group policy editor, Then Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Defer Windows Updates. Here Double-click on “Select when Feature Updates are received” Set the policy enabled to activates the options that are provided

You have two options to postpone the update:

  • Defer the Feature update for up to 365 days.
  • Pause Feature updates for up to 35 days.

Block Windows 10 Update installation

Windows 10 Home is a more restricted version of the OS when it comes to updates. There are no options in the Settings app to defer the Update. But you can turn on a metered connection to temporarily block the update.

Open your computer’s settings by pressing Windows + I. Here, click on “Network & Internet”. Select Ethernet / WiFi connection.

and Turn on the Metered connection toggle switch.

Toggle on metered connection

Permanently Disable Windows 10 update

You can completely Disable Windows Updates Download and installation by Disable the Windows services. To do this press Win + R, Type services.msc, and ok to open windows services. Now scroll download and look for Windows update service. Double click on it change the startup type Disable and stop the service next to service status as shown below image.

disable windows update service

That’s all you have successfully Delayed Windows 10 Update for few days to a few months. Wait some days, and regularly check and read reviews about Windows 10. When you found the operating system get stable and working properly without any error you can disable these options to check and install the latest Windows 10.

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