How to delay the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in 3 steps

Do you want to stop Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from installing, when it arrives on October 17th, 2017? If you have Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education or Windows 10 Enterprise installed, you can postpone the upgrade for at least four months or until February 2018. Here’s how to delay feature updates in Windows 10, for quite a long time:

NOTE: Initially, we wrote this guide for postponing Anniversary Update for Windows 10, and then the Creators Update. We have now updated the article for the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update which is available to all Windows 10 users for free, starting October 17th, 2017. If you want to stop this update from installing, for at least four months since its initial release, keep reading.

Step 1. Open the Settings app

First, open the Settings app in Windows 10. One quick way to do it is to press the Start button and then click or tap on its shortcut in the Start Menu. Alternatively, you can press the Windows + I keys on your keyboard.

Step 2. Open Windows Update’s advanced settings

In the Settings app, click or tap Update & security.

By default, the Windows Update section should be selected on the left. If it is not, choose it yourself. Here you can see how Windows Update works on your Windows 10 computer or device, and you can access its advanced configuration options. At the bottom of the window, click or tap on the “Advanced options” link on the left.

This action opens the list of Advanced options for Windows Update, where you can set how updates are delivered to Windows 10.

Step 3. Postpone the upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Before doing anything, let’s explain some vital context:

  • By default, all Windows 10 users are placed in the “Current Branch” of updates. This means that you get all the updates that are released by Microsoft as soon as they are available for your computer or device.
  • If you want to delay the installation of major feature updates, like Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you must place your system in the “Current Branch for Business.” This branch of updates includes regular security updates, and it installs significant feature updates like Windows 10 Fall Creators Update only after they have been validated in the consumer sector for at least four months. If you prize stability more than getting the latest features as soon as possible, you will prefer this setting.

To postpone the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, go to “Choose when updates are installed,” click or tap the “Current Branch” drop-down list and choose “Current Branch for Business.”

Therefore, you should not get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update until at least February 2018 or later.

Microsoft also gives you another option to postpone significant feature updates like Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, up to a year or 365 days. To do so, look for the drop-down list under the text that says: “A feature update includes new capabilities and improvements. It can be deferred for this many days.” Click or tap on it and choose the number of days you want to postpone Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Now you can close the Settings app.

What if you do not have Windows 10 Pro, Education or Enterprise?

If you have the consumer Home version of Windows 10, which is aimed at home users, you cannot defer upgrades. Therefore, want it or not, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will get installed as soon as it is available for your PC, starting October 17th, 2017.

Why don’t you want the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

In this article about Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, we have shared the reasons why it is worth upgrading to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Since you have opened and read this guide and not that one, it is evident that you do not want to upgrade. Therefore, please share with us why you do not want Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. What are your reasons for rejecting it?