Microsoft will release the Fall Creators Update for the company’s Windows 10 operating system on October 17, 2017. The rollout of the update begins on that date but it may take months before the update is offered to all devices running a previous version of Windows 10.

Admins may download the update manually, either through Windows Update, by downloading an update tool from Microsoft, or by downloading ISO images.

While some users may want to download and install the Fall Creators Update immediately on release, others may want to delay the installation of the update. Maybe because additional testing is required before deployment, or to wait and see how the update is perceived and if users who install it report major issues.

How to delay the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The options that you have at your disposal to delay the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update depend largely on the Windows 10 edition.

Professional versions of Windows 10, Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise for instance, come with options to defer the update. This option is not available in Home editions of Windows 10.

Defer the upgrade (Pro, Enterprise and Education)

Professional editions of Windows 10 come with options to defer updates. This can be set either in the Settings application or by using policies.

Using Group Policy

group policy defer fall creators update

To get started, open the Group Policy Editor in the following way:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type gpedit.msc, and hit the Enter-key.

Navigate to the following folder: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Defer Windows Updates

Double-click on “Select when Feature Updates are received” to open the policy setting. First thing you need to do is set the policy to enabled. This activates the options that are provided.

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.

Note that Microsoft does not use the terms Current Branch and Current Branch for Business anymore, but uses the term Semi-Annual Channel now.

With each Semi-Annual Channel release, we begin deploying right away to targeted consumer devices and gradually ramp up to full deployment based on the telemetry that we receive.

Using the Settings application

defer updates settings

The very same options that you find in the policy are also available in the Settings application. Tap on Windows-I to open the Settings application, and go to Update & Security > Advanced Options.

You may defer the feature update for 365 days on the page, or enable the pause updates setting instead to block updates for 35 days. Please note that you can use the pause feature only once. Windows 10 requires that updates get installed before you may use the pause updates feature again.

Defer the upgrade (all editions)

metered connection

Windows 10 Home systems come without options to use the defer updates functionality. One of the things that Home users may do is to set the connection type to metered. This blocks most updates from being installed on the device.

How you do that depends on whether you are using an Ethernet or a Wi-Fi Internet connection.

  • Ethernet: Use Windows-I to open the Settings application. Select Network & Internet >  Ethernet. Select the active Ethernet connection on the page, and enable the “set as metered connection” option on the page that opens.
  • Wi-Fi: Use Windows-I to open the Settings application. Go to Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.  Select the Wi-Fi connection that is active, and enable the “set as metered connection” option on the page that opens.

Now Read: Removed and deprecated features in the Fall Creators Update.

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