Lately it seems every update released by Microsoft breaks something. I can no longer recommend installing Windows Updates when they are released. Instead I tell folks to wait before installing updates and watch the usual Geek sites for news on if/what the newest updates broke. To delay updates in Win10 you must be running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education. Or, not Windows 10 Home.
It should be noted. If you want any kind of control of Windows Update you need to be using Win10 Pro not Win10 Home.
The settings below are not present in Win10 Home.
Thanks to Chris for the reminder.
Settings > Update & security > Advanced options
I recommend blocking/delaying feature updates:
– You need to be running Win10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education.
There is no way to stop a feature update in Win10 Home without stopping security updates. You can officially upgrade from Home to Pro for $99 but there are MUCH, MUCH cheaper legit keys to be had out there. If you can’t find them, email me.
Go to Settings > Update & Security > Advanced options
Optional – Use the > Semi-Annual Channel ( NOT Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) )
This channel used to be Current Branch for Business. This delays feature updates until they are ready for business, i.e. all the bugs are worked out. This was about 3 months for FCU (approx. Oct 17 – Jan. 11).
Go to Settings > Update & Security > Advanced options >
In the box under A feature update includes new capabilities and improvements. It can be deferred for this many days:
Change days to desired amount. I recommend at least 31 but since SCU offers me nothing then up to 365 will not hurt. You can re-evaluate when the next feature update comes out and it looks to be a big one.
Types Of Updates
Quality Updates – Security updates and some bugfixes. Think of this as the standard Patch Tuesday updates.
Feature updates – Big changes like the Anniversary or Creators updates. Akin to Service Packs or perhaps Update Rollups in older windows versions.
Quality Updates can be deferred up to 30 days
Feature Updates can be deferred up to 365 days
You can add 35 days to both of these by using the Pause Updates button.
Minimum 7 days, maximum 30 days delay on Quality Updates.
Minimum 14 days, maximum 180 days delay on Feature Updates.
You must monitor Ask Woody for when/if these updates are OK.
In particular, watch his MS-DEFCON level.
Exclude drivers From Quality Updates
Not applicable to Windows 10 Home. (Unchanged from previous Win10 versions. Here for FYI.)