How to delay the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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.

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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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  1. dmacleo October 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    set up a wsus server and (if NOT on domain) use WSUS ClientManager for Workgroups (link removed to bypass moderation)
    wsusworkgroup.codeplex.com/
    then just don't approve the update.
    can hanlde all windows updates using it. just need to learn wsus

  2. jupe October 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    I have recently done a clean install of the Fall Creators update 16299.15 and after looking forward to files on demand (placeholders) they weren't enabled yet (option was missing in OneDrive client), I was very disappointed, since then I have found a registry tweak which does enable them but I am reluctant to switch it over permanently yet because I assume that somehow Microsoft are going to enable them when RTM hits general availability, so I just thought I would let others know that at the moment OneDrive placeholders still aren't able to be enabled straight out of the box like I was expecting without tweaks, at least for me they weren't.

  3. Declan October 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    I have Win-10 Pro x64 version 1703 build 15603.608
    My interface looks nothing like yours.

  4. WSUS October 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    Whats necessary to prepare if were using WSUS server? I noticed Win 10 will sometimes still install some updates even if I didn't approve them on our WSUS server.

    • dmacleo October 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

      need a server OS like 2008r2 or 2012/2012R
      I run 2 here, main one on server 2012r2 and a COPY of it all (in case of server fail can just point clients to second) also on server 2012r2
      got these when technet was usable....
      wsus cannot be installed on win7/8.x/10

      HOWVEVER manageengine desktop central (free for under 25 pcs) can be installed on non server machines and can be used to approve/deny updates. I have no idea if it will bypass the built in update procedures though. I sue it to handle updates to third party software like waterfox/firefox/chrome/filezilla/etc

  5. Matt October 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    Anyone know what registry key this creates?

  6. InGSoC October 12, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

    U Guys never ever heard of Windows Mini Update Tool which brings back Windows 7 functionality to disable automatic updates to Windows 10, no, yaaaaawn, u from yesterday?
    Greetings InGSoC

  7. Ross Presser October 12, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    Additional (overly drastic) options for preventing the update from installing:
    Disconnect your PC from the network and never connect it again
    Image your PC now, and restore the image every morning
    Use a proxy server for **all** internet access, and have it restricted to the sites you actually visit, no MS sites allowed

  8. InGSoC October 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

    Naaahnaaah, its not "drastic", it is just a Mini Tool which restores functionality to choose, how updates are being handled in Windows 10. No install needed, no spyware, no virus or malware included.

    I use Panda Antivirus Security and Malwarebytes AntiMalware to check before use any programs.

    Windows 10 works with Buttons to say on/off, so this tool only does what u want it to do.
    U can choose between disable, only inform and so on and u can choose which parts u wanna install and hide again, like Windows 7 functionality worked.

    Therefore Redmond removed this in Windows 10, u can get it back with no problems at all. See?

    Greets InGSoC

  9. xuser October 12, 2017 at 11:03 pm #

    Why always home user are f**ked up? I have home edition and I cant defer the update? ;(
    Not to mention it is eating my limited data allowance very quickly with all those auto updates downloading. Any help will be appreciated.

  10. Weilan October 14, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    I have Windows 7, if I don't want to install updates, I just hide them and I never see them again.

  11. Simon October 15, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    I have W10, Home. Early October, Creators build was forcefully installed. On reboot, all I had was black screen and cursor. I was able to get into safe mode, but the "Roll back to previous build" feature does not work in safe mode! Nice work, Microsoft. After hours of goggling for suggested fixes, I ended up going to Microsoft Chat, who, using remote access, finally restored the desktop. Several programs would not run properly, so I rolled it back to the previous build. A week later, I went through this mess all over again. (Tried using the Show/Hide tool - it worked with simple updates, but would not see or block the Creators Update - it snuck through, and forced in the update again.) Again, stuck with nothing but black screen and cursor. Went to Microsoft Chat. This time, THEY screwed up my system so bad, I had to restore an image backup just to get the system back to normal.

    I'm giving "Noel Carboni's ConfigureAutomaticUpdates tool" a try. Read about it (and get download link) here:
    https://www.computerworld.com/article/3053701/microsoft-windows/block-windows-10-forced-updates-without-breaking-your-machine-part-2.html
    They claim it works on the Home Version. I ran it, and it did make the registry changes, as promised. Hope this works....

  12. MK October 16, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    Windows 10 Home won't update if there is not enough disk space available on the system partition. We've got a Laptop with SSD and 2 partitions, with 10 GB available on the system partition (and much more on the data partition) - and still 1607 installed.
    (I won't comment on whether this is good not bad ...)

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