How to Defer Feature Upgrades in Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 has an option to “defer upgrades” which can be used to postpone some of the Windows features from being upgraded to their latest version. These feature upgrades have nothing to do with security fixes or Windows updates and this is perhaps why Microsoft allows the deferring of these feature upgrades. According to Microsoft, this option is available only in some of the Windows 10 versions – basically, it is available in all the Windows versions except the Windows 10 Home edition. You can use this option on Windows 10 computers that do not have faster or unlimited internet connections. Here is how:

  1. Press the hotkey Win+I to open the Settings app. You can also click on the Start and then select Settings from the menu to open the Settings app.
  2. In the Settings app, select the Update and Security category.
  3. On the Update & Security screen, select Windows Update from the left-side menu. And then click on the Advanced Options from the right-side menu.Windows 10 Defer Upgrades
  4. In the Advanced Options window, you can place a checkmark in the checkbox labeled Defer upgrades to postpone the future upgrades for many a months to come.Windows 10 Defer Upgrades

One thing you should note is that even if you enable the “defer upgrades” options it really does not defer the upgrades forever. It just postpones these upgrades for many months, after which these upgrades will be inevitably downloaded and installed on your Windows 10 PC. And deferring of upgrades has absolutely no effect on any of the other Windows updates at all.