While corporate settings will govern many WIN10 PRO and Enterprise devices, home users using WIN 10 professional have an option to delay feature updates for a period of time allowing complex feature releases to better achieve stability as fixes are performed based on early issues.


Forced updates in Windows 10 have their appeal. For Microsoft, it helps keep the majority of its users on the same build of Windows 10, reducing legacy support issues. For users, it keeps your system up-to-date and reduces the chances of getting hit with malware that takes advantage of unpatched systems.

But some folks resent the idea of having updates forced on them—especially when some of those updates cause problems. If you’re running Windows 10 Home you’re at the mercy of Microsoft’s update schedule. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users, however, have the opportunity to defer certain types of updates.

First, click on Start and select the Settings cog icon on the left side of the Start menu to open the Settings app. Now go to Update & Security > Windows Update; under the “Update settings” sub-heading, select Advanced options. A new Advanced options screen will pop up. From here, click the Defer feature updates check box.

What deferring Windows 10 updates means — Adjusting this setting puts you on a special update channel for Windows 10 known as the “Current branch for business.” This version of Windows 10 doesn’t receive feature upgrades as quickly as everyone else. Security updates, however, are delivered on the same schedule regardless of branch. Microsoft says that when you defer upgrades you won’t be forced to install feature updates (such as the upcoming Creators Update) for “several months.”