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Delaying Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

Delaying Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

In the past, Microsoft provided special files and configurations to keep major Windows 10 updates from accidentally upgrading PCs. Some of those were managed by IT Pros using Group Policy.

For Non-GPO

If you want to delay the next big update from installing automatically on your PC, Microsoft has made it a bit easier – this time directly through the Settings options in Windows 10.

Go to Windows 10 Settings, then Update & Security, then Advanced Options under the Windows Update area.

Here you can adjust when and how you receive Windows updates, including major feature updates like what will start delivering in the next few weeks (early April) with Windows 10 Spring Creators Update.

The two options specifically for feature updates include:

  • Branch: Semi-annual and Semi-annual (targeted). Semi-annual is the new name for Current Branch for Business and Semi-annual (targeted) is the new name for Current Branch. By changing to Semi-annual, this gives you time to allow most of the bugs to be worked out before its deemed appropriate and safe to use by businesses.
  • Feature update deferral: You can defer from 1 to 365 days.

 

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For GPO Managed

If you are managing PCs using Group Policy and want to delay Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, go to:

Computer Configuration

      Administrative Templates

          Windows Components

                 Windows Update

                       Windows Update for Business

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Enable this policy to specify the level of Preview Build or Feature Updates to receive, and when.

  • Preview Build – Fast: Devices set to this level will be the first to receive new builds of Windows with features not yet available to the general public. Select Fast to participate in identifying and reporting issues to Microsoft, and provide suggestions on new functionality.
  • Preview Build – Slow: Devices set to this level receive new builds of Windows before they are available to the general public, but at a slower cadence than those set to Fast, and with changes and fixes identified in earlier builds.
  • Release Preview: Receive builds of Windows just before Microsoft releases them to the general public.
  • Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted): Receive feature updates when they are released to the general public.
  • Semi-Annual Channel: Feature updates will arrive when they are declared Semi-Annual Channel. This usually occurs about 4 months after Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted), indicating that Microsoft, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), partners and customer believe that the release is ready for broad deployment.

When selecting a Preview Build:

  • You can defer receiving Preview Builds for up to 14 days.
  • To prevent Preview Builds from being received on their scheduled time, you can temporarily pause them. The pause will remain in effect for 35 days from the start time provided.
  • To resume receiving Feature Updates which are paused, clear the start date field.

Preview Build enrollment requires a telemetry level setting of 2 or higher and your domain registered on insider.windows.com. For additional information on Preview Builds, see: https://aka.ms/wipforbiz

When Selecting Current Branch or Current Branch for Business:

  • You can defer receiving Feature Updates for up to 365 days.
  • To prevent Feature Updates from being received on their scheduled time, you can temporarily pause them. The pause will remain in effect for 35 days from the start time provided.
  • To resume receiving Feature Updates which are paused, clear the start date field.

 

To configure Feature Updates you must have a telemetry level setting of 1 or higher.

If you disable or do not configure this policy, Windows Update will not alter its behavior.


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