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    Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10

    Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10

    How to Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10

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    How to Defer Feature Updates in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions let you defer upgrades to your PC. When you defer upgrades, new Windows features won’t be downloaded or installed for several months (not indefinitely). 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.

    Enabling defer upgrades puts your Windows 10 PC on the Current branch for business. By putting devices on the Current branch for Business, enterprises will be able to receive feature updates after their quality and application compatibility has been assessed in the consumer market, while continuing to receive security updates on a regular basis.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15002, Microsoft has provided administrators with increased control over updates by changing the update deferral increment from weeks to days. Other changes:
    • Update deferrals can be applied to Current Branch (CB) or Current Branch for Business (CBB)
    • Feature Updates can be deferred up to 365 days
    • Quality Updates can be deferred up to 30 days

    See also: New update options for Windows 10, version 1703 - - Windows 10 Forums

    This tutorial will show you how to choose when feature and quality updates are installed for your Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition PC.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to defer feature and quality updates.
    Note   Note
    Overview of Windows as a service:

    Feature updates
    With Windows 10, Microsoft will package new features into feature updates that can be deployed using existing management tools. Because feature updates are delivered more frequently than with previous Windows releases — two to three times per year rather than every 3–5 years — changes will be in bite-sized chunks rather than all at once and end user readiness time much shorter.

    Quality updates
    Monthly updates in previous Windows versions were often overwhelming because of the sheer number of updates available each month. Many organizations selectively chose which updates they wanted to install and which they didn’t, and this created countless scenarios in which organizations deployed essential security updates but picked only a subset of nonsecurity fixes.

    In Windows 10, rather than receiving several updates each month and trying to figure out which the organization needs, which ultimately causes platform fragmentation, administrators will see one cumulative monthly update that supersedes the previous month’s update, containing both security and nonsecurity fixes. This approach makes patching simpler and ensures that customers’ devices are more closely aligned with the testing done at Microsoft, reducing unexpected issues resulting from patching. The left side of Figure 1 provides an example of Windows 7 devices in an enterprise and what their current patch level might look like. On the right is what Microsoft’s test environment PCs contain. This drastic difference is the basis for many compatibility issues and system anomalies related to Windows updates.

    Current Branch (CB)
    In the CB servicing model, feature updates are available as soon as Microsoft releases them. Windows 10 version 1511 had few servicing tool options to delay CB feature updates, limiting the use of the CB servicing branch. Windows 10 version 1607, however, includes more servicing tools that can delay CB feature updates for up to 180 days. The CB servicing model is ideal for pilot deployments and testing of Windows 10 feature updates and for users such as developers who need to work with the latest features immediately.

    When Microsoft officially releases a feature update for Windows 10, that update is marked for CB, making it available to any PC not configured to defer feature updates so that those devices can immediately install it. Organizations that use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, or Windows Update for Business, however, can defer CB feature updates to selective devices by withholding their approval and deployment. In this scenario, the content available for CB will be available but not necessarily immediately mandatory, depending on the policy of the management system. Only one CB build of Windows is supported at a time, so those clients not on the most current build will not receive quality updates (after a 60 day grace period) until the most current feature update has been installed. For more details about Windows 10 servicing tools, see Servicing tools.

    Current Branch for Business (CBB)
    Organizations typically prefer to have a testing cycle before broadly deploying new features to business users. For Windows 10, most pilot testing will be done using the CB servicing branch. In contrast, the CBB servicing branch is typically used for broad deployment. Windows 10 clients in the CBB servicing branch receive the same build of Windows 10 as those in the CB servicing branch, just at a later time. CB releases are transitioned to CBB after about 4 months, indicating that Microsoft, independent software vendors (ISVs), partners, and customers believe that the release is ready for broad deployment. Therefore, CB and CBB have an inherent “staging” effect. Both of these branches have a purpose in the overall deployment process for an enterprise, providing another layer of testing capabilities in addition to the traditional phased deployment methods to specific groups of machines. Microsoft will support two CBB builds at a time, plus a 60 day grace period. Each feature update release will be supported and updated for a minimum of 18 months.

    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Settings starting with Windows 10 Build 15002
    • Option Two: To Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Registry Editor starting with Windows 10 Build 15002
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Defer Upgrades in Settings before Windows 10 Build 15002
    • Option Four: To Turn On or Off Defer Upgrades using a REG file before Windows 10 Build 15002

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    Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10
    To Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Settings starting with Windows 10 Build 15002

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Update on the left side, and click/tap on the Advanced options link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Under Choose when updates are installed, select the Current Branch (default) or Current Branch for Business branch readiness level you want to determine when feature updates are installed. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Under Choose when updates are installed, select to defer feature updates for 0 - 365 days for what you want. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    The default is 0 days.

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    5. Under Choose when updates are installed, select to defer quality updates for 0 - 30 days for what you want. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    The default is 0 days.

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    6. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.





    Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10
    To Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Registry Editor starting with Windows 10 Build 15002

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. Navigate to the key location below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings

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     3. To Set Branch Readiness Level to "Current Branch" or "Current Branch for Business"

    A) In the right pane of the Settings key, double click/tap on the BranchReadinessLevel DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below step 2)

    B) Enter the value data in the table below for the branch readiness level you want to use, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

    Value Data Branch Readiness Level
    10 Current Branch (default)
    20 Current Branch for Business
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     4. To Choose How Many Days Feature Updates are Deferred for

    A) In the right pane of the Settings key, double click/tap on the DeferFeatureUpdatesPeriodInDays DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Enter a number between 0 to 365 in the value data field for how many days you want to defer feature updates for, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

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     5. To Choose How Many Days Quality Updates are Deferred for

    A) In the right pane of the Settings key, double click/tap on the DeferQualityUpdatesPeriodInDays DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Enter a number between 0 to 30 in the value data field for how many days you want to defer quality updates for, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

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    6. When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.





    Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Defer Upgrades in Settings before Windows 10 Build 15002

    Note   Note
    This option will no longer be valid starting with Windows 10 build 15002.

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Update on the left side, and click/tap on the Advanced options link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Under Choose how updates are installed, check (on) or uncheck (off-default) the Defer feature updates box for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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    4. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.





    Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Defer Upgrades using a REG file before Windows 10 Build 15002

    Note   Note
    This option will no longer be valid starting with Windows 10 build 15002.



    The .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings

    DeferUpgrade DWORD

    0 = off
    1 = on


    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Defer Upgrades

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_On_Defer_upgrades.reg

    download

     3. To Turn Off Defer Upgrades

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_Off_Defer_upgrades.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    18 Feb 2016 #1
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    My biggest issue with this is I really wish there was an option to turn off driver updates. I do not want Microsoft changing my drivers on me, especially video card drivers. With nvidia drivers there is an option to control what components you want installed. This option is not available when Windows 10 automatically installs a new driver, it installs the whole package.
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  2.    18 Feb 2016 #2
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  3.    19 Feb 2016 #3
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    I've seen that but what I've read from people who have tried it is this doesn't stop Windows 10 Update from continuing to update drivers for devices already installed. This just stops Windows 10 from installing drivers for a device that is installed after Windows 10 is installed, like say plugging in a printer or something. Each time Windows 10 Update receives a new driver after the fact, it's still going to install it automatically.
    Last edited by Mike89; 19 Feb 2016 at 01:10.
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  4.    19 Feb 2016 #4
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    In that case, about the only thing you can do is to disable automatic updates to be able to easily hide the updates you don't want to install.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html
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  5.    22 Jun 2016 #5
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    What if you are a windows insider but you defer upgrades ? Would that work ? I am on Education so I have the option. Windows 10 insider has been releasing builds so often recently. I think I am on slow too. But I do not want to revert my system to get out of the insider program
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  6.    23 Jun 2016 #6
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    Hello jmsnyc,

    Deferring upgrades will prevent you from getting the latest Windows features as soon as they’re available, but I don't think it will affect Insider build updates.

    If you like, you could disable automatic updates, and just not install the Insider build until you're ready.

    How to Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Windows Update in Windows 10
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  7.    24 Jul 2016 #7
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    If I use the registry edit option to defer upgrades can I just uncheck the box in Windows Update > Advanced Options to turn off the defer upgrades setting?

    Or is it locked until the registry is edited to allow the upgrades again?
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  8.    24 Jul 2016 #8
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    Hello tatersandeggs, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Yes, you can use either option to toggle the same setting on or off.
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  9.    24 Jul 2016 #9
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10

    Yes I I looked at the regeditor and if you uncheck the "defer upgrades box" the dword value changes back to 0.

    What I need is a way to lock this setting to defer upgrades so that a user doesn't accidentally/on purpose change it.

    Thanks for your help and quick response BTW.
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