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How to Stop Windows 10 Update From Installing on your device

As Microsoft started Windows 10 as a service, each time the company rolls out a major upgrade to refresh the OS with new features and improvements. And now Microsoft is about to finalize Windows 10, with a number of new features and improvements. Similar to previous versions, this update also rolls out gradually, but it’ll no longer download and install automatically. That means with windows 10 compatible devices will now receive a notification, and the installation won’t start until the user initiates the process manually through Windows Update.

How to Delay Windows 10 update

But still you are a bit nervous about updating Windows 10 And don’t want to change the current setup, should consider delaying the update while it has time to stabilize. here in this post we have collected three different ways to delay the November 2021 update on your device, whether it’s running Windows 10 Pro or Home.

Windows 10 Home Basic users

If you are hurry you can consider the metered connection which should block the system from downloading large feature updates like the Windows 10 November 2021 Update.

  • Ensure the Windows 10 PC is connected to the internet,
  • then go to the Settings using the keyboard shortcut Windows + I,
  • Click Network & Internet then Status.
  • Left click on Change connection properties.
  • Here On this page is an option to set the network link as a Metered connection, toggle this option on.

Toggle on metered connection

  • Now move to Windows update, then Advanced options,
  • Under the “Update options” section, make sure to turn off the Automatically download updates, even over metered data connections toggle switch.

Note: These instructions apply to a specific network connection. They don’t apply to a network adapter. This means that if you connect your computer to a different network, you must also set that connection as metered. Otherwise, Windows Update will ignore the settings and try to download the feature update.

Defer feature updates in Windows 10

Professional editions of Windows 10 come with options to defer updates. This can be set either in the Settings application or by using policies. If you are Windows 10 Home basic User Skip This step.

Delay windows 10 updates from the settings app

  • Open Windows 10’s settings by pressing Windows + I.
  • Here, click on “Update & Security”,
  • Here Under the “Update Settings” section, click on “Advanced options”.

Windows update Advanced options


Under the “Choose when updates are installed” section, select the level that you want to use to block the November 2021 Update:

  • Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) — Defers up to 365 days after its original release date.
  • Semi-Annual Channel — Defers up to 365 days after it is released to organizations. Usually, it takes four months after a new feature update becomes available in the Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) readiness level.

select Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)

We recommend select Semi-Annual Channel, as this option will allow you to defer a feature update up to 18 months.

Using Group Policy

First, open the Group Policy Editor in the following way: Press Win + R, type gpedit.msc And hit the enter key. Now Navigate to the following folder: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Defer Windows Updates.

Here Double-click on “Select when Feature Updates are received” to open the policy setting. Set the policy enabled to activates the options that are provided.

How to Defer the upgrade

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.

Disable Windows 10 Updates Completely

Alternatively, you can completely Disable Windows Updates Download and installation by Disable the Windows services.

  • For this press Win + R, Type services.msc and hit the enter key.
  • 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.

Note: This will completely disable windows update from installing. As your device miss important security updates We don’t recommend this option.

disable windows update service

These are some tweaks to Delay Windows 10, Disable Windows 10 Automatic update installation etc. I hope you find this helpful, have any queries, suggestion feel free to comment below. Also, Read

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