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Tip: A Few Ways to Block Windows 10 1809 from Installing

Tip: A Few Ways to Block Windows 10 1809 from Installing

With so many bugs attributed to Microsoft’s latest feature update, the company pulling the upgrade due to said bugs, and not knowing what state Windows 10 1809 will return in, many are taking a wait-and-see approach.

The smart thing to do at this point is let others install it first and wait to hear about problems. There are a few ways to block this update from every reaching the devices in your organization.

Standard way

  1. In Settings go to Update & Security and tap or click Advanced options.
  2. Set the branch readiness to Semi-Annual Channel.
  3. Set the Feature Update deferral to 365 days.


This is the manual way to do it, but companies can utilize Group Policy to set these parameters:

Path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Updates = Configure Automatic Updates

Scorched earth

Disable the wuauserv service (disable Windows Update service). With this service disabled, the device will not check Windows Update for new updates.

Connection failure

You can also trick keep Windows into being bandwidth “kind” by configuring your network adapter as a metered connection. When set as a metered connection, Windows should avoid downloading large files.

  1. In Settings go to Network & Internet.
  2. On the Status page, tap or click the “Change connection properties.
  3. Toggle the “Set as metered connection” button to On.


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