The delivery of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is just around the corner and there are various reasons you may want to keep the update from downloading and installing right away. For one, no one likes to see that nagging install screen during busy times or while working on a project for work. Additionally, as is always the case, no matter how much effort Microsoft seems to put into beta testing its updates, there’s always problems. You might want to wait until all the bugs and kinks have been worked out by everyone else.
To defer the update go to Settings – Update & security – Advanced. Underneath the Choose when updates are installed area there’s a drop-down box for setting the number of days to defer a feature update. You can defer the feature update for up to 1 year (365 days).
When you’re ready, just set the value back to 0 or locate the links to install it manually from the web.
For those who want to manage this centrally, this same value can be changed through GPO at:
- Class: Machine
- Path: Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update\Defer Windows Updates
- Value: Select when feature updates are received
- Policy Value: Any number between 1 and 365. A value of 0 will turn off deferral.
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