Tech Tip: Defer the Windows 10 Creator’s Update

Windows 10 Creator’s Update has been officially released, and Microsoft are staging its release through Windows Update. The problem is that you don’t know when it will pushed to you in those updates, and the last thing you want is that dreaded reboot – that Windows 10 does on it’s own – after updates, only to find that it’s doing an update that we would have called a Service Pack with prior versions of the operating system. There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for the computer to finish a sizable update when you’re in a hurry.

I preface the below instructions by saying that you ABSOLUTELY MUST let Windows do updates and patches. New features may or may not spin your wheels, but security patches, in particular, are supplied to address vulnerabilities in software, and if you don’t apply these patches, you are just giving the bad guys a helping hand.

One way to prevent the surprise is to enable “defer feature updates”. This will prevent Windows Updates from pushing the Creator’s Update to you, at least for a while. When you’re ready to do the update, in a couple of months when everyone else has worked out what the issues are, disable the defer option and let the update happen.

To enable and disable the defer option, go to Settings > Advanced Options, and tick the Defer feature updates option.

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