How to block Windows 10 feature updates from downloading

GGeneralMicrosoft will no longer give you so much freedom to postpone updates in Windows 10by Kim Diaz

It lets them use the Windows Update service to deliver OS feature updates to client devices, and is managed via mobile device management solutions (such as Microsoft Intune) or Group Policy.

And of course, many believe this is something that Microsoft has turned to in order to improve the adoption of its latest Windows 10 version.

The feature update deferral option allows users to push back the installation of a new feature update for as much as 365 days. One thing that some system administrators are noticing is that it is no longer possible to defer feature updates for up to a year.

Microsoft has acknowledged yet another major issue impacting Windows 10 PCs as it rolls out its June 2020 cumulative update.

When it did that, Microsoft reserved for itself the right to intervene and forcibly upgrade a PC to a new version of Windows 10 when the current code neared its support expiration.

To avoid confusion, Microsoft has made a risky decision to make it more hard for us to Postpone Windows 10 updates on professional computers, leaving less freedom for the user.


The latest KB4557957 or KB4560960 updates are intended to patch several of these problems, but it looks like they're causing nearly as many problems as the bug-filled system updates they were meant to fix.

While Microsoft has removed the deferred setting, but in exchange for that, you get an excellent option which you can also call the Feature Update Chooser.

As Ghacks points out, this is the same pause limit that has been available to users of Windows 10 Home since it was released.

Now that the deferral option is removed, Microsoft says that IT admins can turn to group policies to configure such a feature if they really need it.

For this, the user must enter the computer configuration and then "administrative templates", and from there locate "Windows components", "Windows update" and "Windows update for companies". Replace 2004 by the appropriate version that you want.

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