Windows 10: How to stop windows 10 Upgrades (not security updates)

  1.    07 Aug 2017 #1

    How to stop windows 10 Upgrades (not security updates)


    I have a problem with windows 10 and wish that someone
    with more experience can help me understad if what i'm
    going to ask is possible:

    i would like to use windows (10 pro) as a stable system to
    work on my projects, so i was using windows 10 1607
    and had set the "defer upgrades" to avoid feature upgrades.
    I do not want to stop security/fix updates, only stop
    system changing upgrades.

    In spite of the "defer upgrades" settings the system
    upgraded to 1703 creative update and i was not able
    anymore to connect to the system remotely so i had
    several problems to understand what was goind on and
    to restore connectivity.

    Is it possible to stop this behavior and maintain
    a stable windows 10 version untill it is supported
    (namely untill it receive security uptates)?

    So help me understand if windows 10 pro is trustworthy
    or just a crippled OS and i may need windows 10 enterprise
    to do what i need without having the OS fighting back
    the system settings i choose to set.

    P.S. i'm not a windows twearker messing with
    regedit etc, i'm hoping there is a simple way
    to do this because if i have to fight against
    what it seems to me windows 10 is supposed to do (upgrade itself),
    i'm not going to do that but i'll replace it instead.

    So to whom have more windows 10 insights
    i'm i doomed or is there a way to avoid upgrades?

    thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 1,824
    Windows 10 Pro x64 FCU - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       07 Aug 2017 #2

    Windows as a service is designed to continuously evolve, with two planned Feature Updates each year, you can defer updates on the "pro" version for up to 12 months.

    Each new feature build will be supported for a maximum of Two years

    There is no guarantee that a version over two years old will be supported with any updates including security updates, (the update to the next Feature version resets the support clock for that version to two years)

    There is a special version of the Enterprise SKU that is known as the Long Term Service Branch [LTSB], which reverts to the old ten Year security update model of previous Windows versions. ( this 1607 LTSB is also being used to allow those users that are caught by the Intel Decision to stop support for certain CPU Chipsets)

    This would I think meet your requirements but there is a major issue. As far as I am aware, this is not available directly to individuals but only to companies, governments Etc under the Volume Licence System.

    I think the latest LTSB was 1607 and there may be another in the next two or three releases. This may be available with an MSDN subscription but obviously that will cost considerably more than following the Planned update regime (Free)

    Edit

    You may also see the LTSB identified as CBB, ( Current Branch for Business).
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    07 Aug 2017 #3

    Barman thanks for your answer,

    12 month would be ok, unfortunately i installed 1607 a couple of month ago still it upgraded to 1703
    despite the defer upgrade which did not defer.

    Thanks for your explanation, LTSB is probably what would fit my need but it's overkill to
    pay for Volume Lic. to use it in a couple of pc.

    So what i understand is that i'd better use another OS if i need a stable system.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 540
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       07 Aug 2017 #4

    If Computer is fully updated right now you have a few options to delay updates IfIf you open updates then click on advanced you will find some new settings
    version 1703 OS Build 15063.502

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      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    07 Aug 2017 #5

    Thanks sml156, i do not know if those settings will do and what they really mean:

    this is microsoft definition:

    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.

    nonetheless my pc ugraded after less than two month after 1607 fresh install,
    so my experience is that thoe settings may or may not be effective, it's like
    tossing a coin and i will be not be bitten again by the same snake.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 540
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       07 Aug 2017 #6

    It's my understanding that the way I got my updates set I should not get anything that will reboot the computer for a long time, I have been wrong before so we will see.

    I will not leave it that long I will update when I got the time to do it myself. MS seems to break stuff when they do a major upgrade so I would rather do it when I know I can screw around for an hour trying to fix it or reinstall Windows, I don't play around with it too long I just reinstall and get it over with.

    Oh and upgrade your OS 16.04 has been EOL for over a month now.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    07 Aug 2017 #7

    sml156 said: View Post
    It's my understanding that the way I got my updates set I should not get anything that will reboot the computer for a long time, I have been wrong before so we will see.

    I will not leave it that long I will update when I got the time to do it myself. MS seems to break stuff when they do a major upgrade so I would rather do it when I know I can screw around for an hour trying to fix it or reinstall Windows, I don't play around with it too long I just reinstall and get it over with.

    Oh and upgrade your OS 16.04 has been EOL for over a month now.
    I try to set as your above picture, let's see how it goes ...

    i do not know what you mean with your OS 16.04 is EOL, if you mean
    the ubuntu 16.04, is not EOL, it's a long term release (5 years of support);

    thanks again.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 540
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       07 Aug 2017 #8

    Well that sucks I just checked Releases - Ubuntu Wiki and you're right I don't know why I thought that, Maybe I got confused with 16.10.

    I had 2 Ubuntu minimal servers running as my DNS servers ( PiHole ) that I just switched to 17.04 which goes EOL next year, I guess i'm going to have see if I deleted them and put them back into service if I didn't.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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