How to Delay the Windows 10 Creators Update
Before we get started: This tip applies to those using Windows 10 Home. If you have Windows 10 Pro, you have a easy option to delay updates by as much as 60 days.
We think that Windows 10 automatic updates are a pretty good idea. Security updates and patches are crucial. However whenever Microsoft rolls out a “features” update like the Creators update which started rolling out on April 11, 2017 sometimes the first ones to get it sometimes feel like beta testers. If you’re one of those who would prefer not to be among the first to get the Windows 10 Creators Update [Windows 10 Version 1703], here’s an easy way you can delay it.
If you’re using Windows 10 Home and you are connected to the Internet using a Wi-Fi connection, you can delay the Creators Update until you’re ready. All you have to do is turn on Metered connection.
If you turn on Metered connection, you will have more control over feature updates like Creators Update. and give you control over when it is installed. According to Microsoft, turning on Metered Connection will not prevent critical updates from installing but it may affect some Windows 10 apps.
Metered connection does not block all Windows Updates. Here is some information from Microsoft about Metered connection:
How does setting my network connection to metered affect my PC?
Any app that relies on an Internet connection to update or display info may be limited in the amount of data it can download or display. You might notice these and other effects:
- Windows Update will only download priority updates.
- Apps downloading from the Windows Store might be paused.
- Start screen tiles might stop updating.
- Offline files might not sync automatically.
If you’re connected to the Internet via a Wi-Fi connection, here’s how to turn on Metered connection to prevent Creators Update from installing until you’re ready.
- Open Settings–> Updated & security and click on Wi-Fi
- Click on your Wi-Fi network (connection)
- Turn the switch under “Metered connection” –> “Set as metered connection” to “On”
Remember, this will not turn off all Windows Updates. You’ll still get critical updates and patches and otherupdates, but this setting should delay large feature updates like Windows 10 Creators Update.
When you’re ready to install the Creators Update, turn the “Metered connection” switch off.