How to delay the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The latest feature update for Windows 10 is about to start rolling out, although it may be months before it comes to your device (a quarter of users are still waiting for the Creators Update).

While you might be keen to update your installation, the truth is it’s often best to wait. Big updates like this usually introduce bugs and problems alongside new features, and unless you’re desperate to screw up your copy of Windows 10, I’d recommend holding off for a while. Even Microsoft warned users not to install the Creators Update when that first came out.

If you’re not in a hurry to get the Fall Creators Update you can delay it. There are several ways to do this.

Defer the Upgrade

The easiest way, if you’re running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education, is to use the Settings app.

Click Start, and select Settings.

Go to Update & Security > Advanced Options.

You can choose to defer the feature update for up to 365 days, or use the toggle to pause feature updates for up to 35 days.

Alternatively, you can defer the upgrade using the Group Policy Editor.

Click Start, and type gpedit.msc and hit enter.

Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Defer Windows Updates.

Double-click on Select when Feature Updates are received.

Select Enabled, and then choose how many days you want to defer the feature update for. As with the Settings method, this can be up to 365 days. You can also pause feature updates for up to 35 days.

Metered Connection

Windows 10 Home users don’t have these options so can’t defer the upgrades in this way. The solution for this is to set your internet connection as metered. Windows 10 won’t download a large update such as the Fall Creators Update over a metered connection.

If you’re connected to the internet via Ethernet, open Settings and go to Network & Internet > Ethernet. Select your connection and turn the Set as metered connection option to On.

For a Wi-Fi connection, open Settings, go to Network & Internet > Wi-Fi. Select the Wi-Fi connection and enable the Set as metered connection option.

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