How to block Windows 10 Creators Update from installing

by Madalina Dinita
Madalina Dinita
Madalina Dinita
Windows & Software Expert
Madalina has been a Windows fan ever since she got her hands on her first Windows XP computer. She is interested in all things technology, especially emerging technologies... read more
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Microsoft has always advised its users to upgrade to the latest Windows version. However, 75% of all Windows users are still running old OS versions. Windows 10 is running on 25% of the world’s computers, despite Microsoft’s continuous efforts to convince users to upgrade.

When Windows 10 was first launched, many users simply refused to upgrade for various reasons. As a result, Windows 7 currently has a 49.42% market, share, while the good old Windows XP holds an impressive 7.45% market share.

Will Windows 10 Creators Update outperform the Anniversary Update OS? That’s hard to tell since Microsoft will launch the Creators Update on April 11, and we haven’t got enough user feedback to analyze.

However, we’ve noticed there’s an interesting trend on Microsoft’s forum. More and more users are searching for ways to prevent Windows 10 Creators Update from installing. Could it be that the Creators Update faces the same fate as the Anniversary Update?

I have been in the Insider program , and tried the preview versions from 15002 to 15055. I have Games that won’t run with these windows versions […] When I left the Insider program, and went back to release ver 1607, I have no problems with the Games.

Is there a simple way of preventing Windows 10 Creators Edition Update from downloading and installing, without stopping Windows Defender updates?

How to block Windows 10 Creators Update downloads

Install KB3073930

Cumulative update KB3073930 lets users block or hide Windows or driver updates. You can download the update from Microsoft’s Support page.

Configure your wireless connection as metered

Go to Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > click your wireless connection > scroll down then toggle on Metered.

Recent reports suggest that Microsoft is planning to force updates even on metered connections. However, until official confirmation is available, it is worth trying out this solution.

Defer the Creators Update OS

Go to Start > Settings > Update & security > Advanced Options > Defer feature updates.

This feature is available only on Windows 10 Pro.

Tweak the registry

Before using this solution, back up your registry in case anything goes wrong.

1. Open Group edit policy by searching it in search bar.

2. Click on Administrative templates under Computer configuration

3. Go to All settings > select Configure automatic update > open it

5. Here you’ll see three options: Not configured, Enabled and Disabled

6. Select the Enabled option > click Notify for download and notify for install > click okay.

If you’ve come across other solutions to avoid upgrading to Windows 10 Creators Update, list the steps to follow in the comment section below.


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