ATM, Microsoft follows a schedule of releasing two feature updates in a year. This year, Microsoft offered Creators Update (V1703) and Fall Creators Update (V1709) to the customers. These feature updates are quite massive in size and contains a lot of patches, new feature and security definitions in them. They take long time to download and install, as compared to normal Cumulative Updates, that are offered more frequently.
Sometimes users may feel comfortable with their existing version and is not in the favor of installing newer feature update. But as the Windows Updates are installed automatically, user have very less choice to skip the feature update. And as it is feature update, Windows also gives it paramount importance and keeps downloading it again and again, if it fails once.
So how do you block a feature update when you don’t want it? Well, there is no direct way to avoid feature updates and you need to do some workaround to do so.
Here’s how you can skip feature updates for Windows 10:
How To Block Feature Updates In Windows 10
WAY 1 – Using Show Or Hide Updates Tool
Show or hide updates tool is an awesome tool to skip updates. Using it, you can also skip feature updates as well. When you hide feature update using that tool, Windows will no longer attempt to download the same update and skip it forever.
Here’s how to use Show or hide updates tool:
If you still couldn’t block the update, you can try alternative registry method mentioned below.
WAY 2 – Using Registry
Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.
1. Press + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.
2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:
3. In the right pane of WindowsUpdate registry key, right click and select New > DWORD Value. Name the newly created registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) as DisableOSUpgrade. Double click on it to modify its Value data:
4. Finally, set the Value data as 1 and click OK. Close the Registry Editor and reboot the machine to make changes effective.
This should finally block the feature updates on your Windows 10.