How to block Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from installing

By: Ivan Jenic
6 minute read

We’re ready for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update! Or are we?

Microsoft rolls out the new major update for Windows 10 aka the Fall Creators Update on October 17. We already know (more or less) what the new update brings, and in all honesty, users are not so impressed. Because of that, and a not so glorious history of Windows 10 major upgrades, there’s a huge number of users who’d prefer to skip the Fall Creators Update. Or at least hold on for as long as possible.

We’re not going to argue here whether you should block the Fall Creators Update or not. If you’re reading this article, you obviously have your reasons. I’m going to tell you exactly what you want to hear – how to block Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from installing on your computer.

The procedure of blocking the Fall Creators Update varies from version to version. So, depending on your Windows 10 version, blocking the update will be more or less complicated. But one thing’s for sure, there will be some confusion. And yeah, nothing’s for sure!

So without any further ado, let’s dive into what matters, and talk about blocking Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on various versions of Windows 10. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, just find your Windows 10 version, and follow the instructions.

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How to prevent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from installing on your Windows 10 computer

Block Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on Windows 10 version 1703 Pro or Enterprise

Windows 10 version 1703 allows you to defer major updates for Windows 10 for as long as a whole year. However, since we obviously didn’t have a major update to test this option with, we’re not sure if it will indeed block the Fall Creators Update from installing for a set number of days. It works in theory, but there’s no practice to back it up.

To defer Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on Windows 10 Pro version 1703, do the following:

  1. Go to Settings > Update & security
  2. Now, go to Advanced options
  3. You’ll spot the option for deferring major updates. Choose your preferred amount of time (max is 365 days) 

 

If you want to play it safe (once again, in theory), you can also switch to Current Branch for Business (CBB). Microsoft usually releases major upgrades to CBB up to four months after the Current Branch. So, if you switch to this option, you won’t be receiving the Creators Update for 4 months, and one year after that.

So, you’ll have yourself some kind of a double-layer security. But once again, I haven’t tested any of these, so I’m not sure how the two options will work together.

It gets even more complex if I told you that Microsoft actually retired the term “Current Branch for Business”, but I’m not going to bring even more confusion, as I’m sure you’re already scratching your head. If you want to clarify things, search online for “Windows 10 Current Vranch for Business”. Good luck.

Block Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on Windows 10 version 1703 Home

If users of Windows 10 Pro are unsure in the fate of their OS, Windows 10 Home users are really left hanging. If you’re a Windows 10 Home user, you can’t switch to the CBB neither can you defer upgrades. So, your only hope is to try and trick Windows into ‘thinking’ you’re not technically able to download the latest update.

I’m talking about setting up a metered connection. If your internet connection is set to metered, Windows won’t download major updates in order to avoid possible enormous data charges.

Here’s what you need to do to set metered connection in Windows 10:

  1. Go to Settings > Network & Internet
  2. Now, go to Change connection properties
  3. Toggle Set as metered connection on

 

On the other hand, setting up a metered connection doesn’t guarantee you’ll keep Windows 10 Fall Creators Update off your computer forever. First of all, Microsoft has to keep its promise, and “automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly” for as long as your connection is set to metered.

While we believe Microsoft won’t break its word, nothing guarantees your settings won’t get disrupted by something and ‘let’ Windows 10 Fall Creators Update slip through your hands. 

Block Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on Windows 10 version 1607 Pro or Enterprise

Windows 10 Anniversary Update has a good old “Defer featured updates” option, which allows you to block major updates, including the Fall Creators Update, indefinitely. But the same talk remains. I’m not sure if this option is enough to prevent the Fall Creators Update from installing on your computer. Simply because Microsoft removed (well, revamped) it in the Creators Update, and nobody knows if Microsoft will respect these settings anymore. Anyway, here’s how to defer major updates in Windows 10 version 1607:

  1. Go to Settings > Update & security
  2. Now, head over to Advanced options
  3. Check Defer upgrades

Additionally, Windows 10 Anniversary Update has one big advantage over Windows 10 Creators Update – it allows you to block updates from the Group Policy Editor! So if you want to make sure your system will indeed defer the Fall Creators Update, you’d probably want to get busy in the gpedit.  Here’s exactly what you need to do:

  1. Go to Search, type gpedit, and open Edit Group Policy
  2. Head over to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
  3. On the right, click Defer Windows Updates
  4. Go to Select when feature updates are received
  5. Now, Enable the policy, and set 180 to After a feature update is released, defer receiving it for this many days
  6. Save the settings and exit the Group Policy Editor

Block Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on Windows 10 version 1607 Home

Windows 10 Home version 1607 is where things get nasty for users. As Woody Leonhard points out, if you’re using a WiFi connection, you can set it as metered without any major issues. But if you’re using a wired Ethernet connection, the system simply won’t recognize it a metered connection. So, your best bet is to use a little tool called Wushowhide.

This is Microsoft’s utility that was originally designed to hide corrupt driver updates, and prevent them from installing on your computer. But you can use it to block the Fall Creators Update, as well. The biggest downside? Well, you need to receive the upgrade first in order to hide it. Which means you’ll have to constantly be on the watch for days, maybe weeks, until you actually receive the update. So, if you’re not ready for that sacrifice, just give up, and let the upgrade install automatically.

When (if) you hunt it down, check out our article about using the Wushowhide for further instructions. We didn’t mention major upgrades for Windows 10, but the procedure is pretty much the same.

That’s about it. I hope you’ve found what you were looking for, and that you’ll be able to keep the Fall Creators Update out of your computer for as long as you want. If you have any comments or questions, please write them down in the comments below.

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