Windows 10: Defer Feature Updates Blanked out After Recent Update? Solved

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  1. Posts : 2,475
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       17 Mar 2017 #1

    Defer Feature Updates Blanked out After Recent Update?


    I have Windows 10 Pro. I noticed the box 'Defer feature updates' is now greyed out after this week's update - see my screenshot. Is this a bug and how do I restore the functionality since I want to be in control of when major updates are installed?
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  2. Posts : 347
    Windows 10 home 1709 16299.192
       18 Mar 2017 #2

    Apparently, "defer" does not refer to postponing updates to a more convenient time. Microsoft's explanation:


    • "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."

    I had it turned on and wondered why no update had been done for over a month. It finally happened in mid afternoon when I stepped away for a break, and l had to wait quite a while to get back to work.

    The best you can do is set Active Hours, which will postpone updates until a better time of day. Active Hours is a maximum of 12 hours. I've set mine to 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Sleep mode won't stop it. But I don't think MS has a way to turn on your computer.




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       18 Mar 2017 #3

    I used to have Defer updates turned on and it blocked the Anniversary Update for a while which is what I wanted. I'm mystified why the option is now greyed out. I'm going to try uninstalling some of this week's updates to see if that is the problem
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  4.    18 Mar 2017 #4

    Not greyed out for me, Windows 10 Education, 1607, 14393,953. Windows update shows "Your device is up to date".
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  5.    18 Mar 2017 #5

    You can turn it on and off by setting DeferUpgrade to 1 or 0 here

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings

    Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10

    Don't know whey it is greyed out though.

    In 15061 this option is gone it seems - you can pause for 7 days and that is it.
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  6. Posts : 3,151
    10.5 Home 1803 x64
       18 Mar 2017 #6

    The best option is to disable auto-checking for updates and use WUMiniTool to download, what you want.

    Code:
    schtasks /Change /TN "Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator\Schedule Scan" /Disable
    ren "%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator\Schedule Scan" "Schedule Scan.bak"
    md "%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator\Schedule Scan"
    schtasks /Change /TN "Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator\Schedule Scan" /Disable
    schtasks /Change /TN "Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\Scheduled Start" /Disable
    ren "%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\Scheduled Start" "Scheduled Start.bak"
    md "%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\Scheduled Start"
    schtasks /Change /TN "Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\Scheduled Start" /Disable
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  7.    18 Mar 2017 #7

    "Best" for you doesn't necessarily mean best for everybody.
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  • Posts : 2,475
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       18 Mar 2017 #8

    Steve C said: View Post
    I used to have Defer updates turned on and it blocked the Anniversary Update for a while which is what I wanted. I'm mystified why the option is now greyed out. I'm going to try uninstalling some of this week's updates to see if that is the problem
    I've had no success fixing this issue by removing this week's updates. I removed KB3150513 but that didn't fix the problem. Cumulative update KB4013429 gave an error on uninstallation so I couldn't remove it and KB40134218 appears to have no uninstall option.
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  • Posts : 2,475
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
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       18 Mar 2017 #9

    lx07 said: View Post
    You can turn it on and off by setting DeferUpgrade to 1 or 0 here

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings

    Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10

    Don't know whey it is greyed out though.

    In 15061 this option is gone it seems - you can pause for 7 days and that is it.
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    I tried setting DeferUpgrade to both 1 and 0 but the "Defer feature updates" box remains greyed out and unticked. I guess this won't be an issue from 15061.
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  •    18 Mar 2017 #10

    On a side note, judging by that screen shot, Microsoft is listening to complaints of forced updates screwing up our PC's. 7 days should be more than long enough for a glitch in updates to be discovered and pulled and or fixed. Assuming everybody on the planet doesn't turn that delay on lol.
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