The next feature update is just around the corner; Microsoft's twice-a-year schedule for releasing feature updates means that the next upgrade is at the most just six months away.
Microsoft switched to a new servicing model that it calls Windows-as-a-Service when it released Windows 10. Out with the old and in with the new is a proper description of Windows-as-a-Service as Microsoft won't support any one version of the operating system for long periods anymore.
Microsoft's previous operating systems, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 were both supported for ten years. Windows 10 versions are only supported for 18 months on the consumer side and up to 30 months on the Enterprise and Education side. The only exception to the rule is the LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch) edition of Windows 10 for Enterprise customers which is supported for a longer period.
All versions of Windows 10 include options to delay the installation of feature updates. One has to distinguish between professional and "home" versions of Windows 10 though.
Microsoft added options to the user interface of Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, Education and other professional versions of Windows 10 but not to Windows 10 Home.
The following guide describes how you can delay feature updates in every edition of Windows 10.
A short explanation of terms:
All editions of Windows 10 designed for professional use include two user interface options to delay feature updates. Administrators may use the Group Policy Editor or the Settings application to postpone the installation of feature updates.
The following instructions walk you through the steps of delaying feature updates using the Settings app.
The page displays three options to pause or defer updates:
The provided options support the blocking of feature updates for up to a year. The "defer feature updates" option gives you full control over the delay; you could set it to 90 or 180 days counting from the day of release.
The Group Policy Editor offers similar options. Here is what you need to do:
The following options are provided:
Windows 10 Home administrators can't delay updates in the Settings app or using the Group Policy as both options are not available in Home editions.
Feature updates may be delayed in the Windows Registry as well and that option is available in all editions of the operating system.
Another option that is available on all Windows 10 editions is to set the connection to metered.
Feature updates are not downloaded when the PC is connected to a metered connection.
All options may be used to delay the installation of feature updates on a machine running Windows 10. The past has shown, however, that feature updates may get installed anyway even if you set the system to defer them.
Microsoft has upgraded systems forcibly to newer versions even if the PCs were set to defer upgrades to new versions of the operating system.
In any case, it is recommended that you create regular backups of the system so that you may roll back to a previous version when that happens.
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