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Windows 10 version 1903: Act fast to delay this big upgrade

Each time Microsoft rolls out a major upgrade to Windows 10, you have the option to wait a few months before you install it on PCs running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. But you have to act quickly.

 
 
 
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Use these settings in Windows 10 version 1803 to defer the next feature update for a minimum of 90 days.

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[Note: This article has been completely revised for the latest Windows 10 feature updates. This revision covers version 1903 and was last updated 7-March-2019.]

Sometime this month, Microsoft will finalize its next big feature update. If the company follows its longstanding practice, Windows Update servers will begin delivering the Windows 10 version 1903 update in April, to current installations of Windows 10 that have been running for at least 30 days.

 

This is the latest feature update in Microsoft's new twice-a-year release cadence, and you should view it with the skepticism any initial public release of a new Windows version deserves. In a business setting, that typically means delaying the upgrade for a few months while you deploy the new release on a smaller number of test devices.

 

This deferral process is available only on PCs running business and education editions, such as Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education. Windows 10 Home does not offer any deferral options. (On a PC running Windows 10 Home, you might be able to upgrade at no cost. See "How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro for free" for details.)

 

Over the course of several feature updates since the initial release of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft has tinkered with the interface for deferring feature updates. The steps I describe here assume that you have already installed the October 2018 Update, version 1809.

And an important note: These procedures are not available if you are running a Windows Insider Preview build. On a machine that's part of the Windows Insider Program, you can pause updates for seven days, but because new builds (full feature updates) are typically delivered weekly to the Fast Ring, the normal defer/delay options aren't relevant.

 

The good news is that you no longer have to mess with Group Policy settings to defer updates on a standalone PC. Instead, you can take your choice of three options, all available in the Windows 10 Settings app.

 

Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and then click Advanced options to see all three settings, which I have labeled in the screenshot on this page.

 

Option 1 allows you to choose a servicing channel (previously called a branch). The default setting is Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted), which corresponds to what was previously known as the Current Branch.

 

You can change this setting to Semi-Annual Channel (the new name for what was previously known as Current Branch for Business, as shown here. That defers feature updates until Microsoft declares them "ready for business deployment." For version 1803, that declaration happened uncharacteristically quickly, a mere two months after the initial release. By contrast, version 1809 was pulled from Microsoft's update servers shortly after release because of multiple quality issues; choosing this option spared devices from being affected by those initial bugs.

 

 

 

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I'm not worried - I make regular system backups. It only takes a few minutes to restore if something goes wrong.

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9 hours ago, moopster said:

I'm not worried - I make regular system backups. It only takes a few minutes to restore if something goes wrong.

what program are you using ?

macrium reflect ?

 

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Macrium saved my ass many times , its an awsome backupper.................:thumbsup:

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Personally I'm quite looking forward to 19H1 and likely will install it on every PC I have first day of release.

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