How to Defer Upgrades in Windows 10

If you are using Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise or Education edition, then you will be able to defer the download and installation of Windows Updates on your computer system. Windows 10 Home users, will not see this option.

Windows 10 Pro and Home users cannot disable automatic updates, although there is a workaround to turn off Windows Updates – which we do not recommend. The best Windows 10 Pro users can do, is that they can Defer upgrades.

Says Microsoft,

Some Windows 10 editions let you defer upgrades to your PC. When you defer upgrades, new Windows features won’t be downloaded or installed for several months. Deferring upgrades doesn’t affect security updates. Note that deferring upgrades will prevent you from getting the latest Windows features as soon as they’re available.

This means that, if your edition of Windows 10 offers this option:

  1. You will be able to Defer Upgrades
  2. Download and installation of security updates will happen immediately. Only features will be deferred
  3. The deferment will occur for a couple of months only, after which these upgrades too will be downloaded and installed. Quality updates may get deferred by up to 30 days, whereas feature updates will not get installed for up to 180 days.

Defer Upgrades in Windows 10

To Defer Upgrade, open Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update. Click on Advanced options. Here check the Defer upgrades check-box.

Defer upgrades in Windows 10

When you do this, your OS will be moved from the Current Branch of Windows Update servicing to Current Branch for Business. Enterprise customers however always have the option to stay in the Long Term Servicing branch.

This option is being given to Pro and Business users, so that they can defer features for a while, until they are thoroughly tested by all, before they are introduced in their environment.

So in short, if you are a Windows enthusiast and want to use the new features being offered immediately, you do not want to defer upgrades. But if you run a business or if you are a user who wants to play safe, you may want to defer upgrades.

In Windows 10 v1703, you can Pause or Delay/Defer Updates up to 365 days via Settings.

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