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    Windows Update - Defer Upgrades in Windows 10

    How to Defer Feature Updates in Windows 10
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    How to Defer Feature Updates in Windows 10

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    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.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to defer upgrades for your Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition PC.

    Note   Note
    Windows 10, version 1607, provides administrators with increased control over updates by changing the update deferral increment from weeks to days. Other changes:
    • Quality Updates can be deferred up to 30 days and paused for 35 days
    • Feature Updates can be deferred up to 180 days and paused for 60 days
    • Update deferrals can be applied to both Current Branch (CB) and Current Branch for Business (CBB)
    • Drivers can be excluded from updates

    Reference: What's new in Windows 10, version 1607 (Windows 10)


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Defer Upgrades in Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Defer Upgrades using a REG file






    Windows Update - Defer Upgrades in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Windows Update - Defer Upgrades in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Defer Upgrades in Settings

    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 Upgrades in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Windows Update - Defer Upgrades in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Defer Upgrades using a REG file

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


    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



  1. Joined : Jan 2016
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       2016-02-18 #1

    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. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-02-18 #2
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  3. Joined : Jan 2016
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       2016-02-19 #3

    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; 2016-02-19 at 01:10.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-02-19 #4

    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.

    Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    Windows Updates - Hide or Show in Windows 10
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  5. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 49
    Windows 10
       2016-06-22 #5

    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. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-06-23 #6

    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. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       2016-07-24 #7

    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. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-07-24 #8

    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. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       2016-07-24 #9

    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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