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How to delay the Windows 10 October 2018 Update in 3 steps

Do you want to stop Windows 10 October 2018 Update from installing, when it arrives as of October 2nd, 2018, through Windows Update? If you have Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education or Windows 10 Enterprise installed, you can postpone the upgrade for at least four months or until February 2019. This way you make sure that bugs and driver issues get fixed before installing the update on your Windows 10 computers and devices. Here is how to delay feature updates in Windows 10, for quite a long time:

NOTE: Initially, we wrote this guide for postponing Anniversary Update for Windows 10. We have now updated the article for the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update which is available to all Windows 10 users for free, starting October 2nd, 2018. If you want to stop this update from installing, for at least four months since its initial release, keep reading.

Which editions of Windows 10 allow you to delay the October 2018 Update?

If you have the consumer Home version of Windows 10, which is aimed at home users, you cannot defer upgrades. However, you can try the tool mentioned in this guide, and see if it helps: Use the Show or Hide Updates tool to block unwanted Windows 10 updates, including drivers. If it does, leave a comment below, so that other Windows 10 users know about it, and use the tool. One thing to remember is that, if Microsoft detects that your system has some compatibility issues with this update, it may deliver it after a couple of weeks or months, when the situation improves.

If you do have Windows 10 Pro, Education or Enterprise, read on.

Step 1. Open the Settings app, in Windows 10

First, open the Settings app. One quick way to do it is to press the Start button and then on its shortcut in the Start Menu. Alternatively, you can push the Windows + I keys on your keyboard.

The Settings shortcut in Windows 10

Step 2. Open Windows Update and its advanced settings

In the Settings app, go to Update & security.

Windows 10 Settings

By default, Windows Update should be selected on the left. If it is not, choose it yourself. Here you see how Windows Update works on your Windows 10 computer or device, and you can access its advanced configuration options. Click or tap the "Advanced options" link highlighted below.

Windows Update from Windows 10

This action opens the list of Advanced options for Windows Update, where you can set how and which updates are delivered to Windows 10. Scroll down the list of settings.

Advanced options for changing how Windows 10 updates work

Step 3. Postpone the upgrade to Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Before doing anything, let's explain some vital context:

  • By default, all Windows 10 users are placed in the "Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)" of updates. This means that you get all the updates that are released by Microsoft as soon as they are available for your specific computer or device. Based on Microsoft's data about your system's compatibility with the latest update, you may receive the update immediately, or after a couple of weeks or months, after driver and app compatibility improves.
  • If you want to delay the installation of significant feature updates, like Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you must place your system in the "Semi-Annual Channel." This branch of updates includes regular security updates, and it installs significant feature updates like Windows 10 October 2018 Update only after they have been validated in the consumer sector for at least four months. If you prize stability more than getting the latest features as soon as possible, you will prefer this setting.
  • You can also pause all updates, for up to 35 days, including feature updates like Windows 10 October Update.

To pause all updates for up to 35 days, set the "Pause Updates" switch to On. We did this on October 2nd, and all updates got paused until November 7th, 2018.

Pausing Windows 10 updates for up to 35 days

To postpone the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, go to "Choose when updates are installed," click or tap the "Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)" drop-down list and choose "Semi-Annual Channel." Therefore, you should not get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update until at least February 2019 or later.

Changing the channel for Windows 10 updates

Microsoft also gives you another option to postpone significant feature updates like Windows 10 October 2018 Update, up to a year or 365 days. To do so, look for the drop-down list under the text that says: "A feature update includes new capabilities and improvements. It can be deferred for this many days." Click or tap on it and choose the number of days you want to postpone the update.

Postponing Windows 10 updates for up to 365 days

Now you can close the Settings app.

Why don't you want the Windows 10 October 2018 Update?

Major updates to Windows 10 bring new features, bug fixes and several improvements to the operating system. However, sometimes they may also cause stability problems for a few systems. Since you have opened and read this guide, it is evident that you do not want to upgrade. Therefore, share with us why you do not wish to install Windows 10 October 2018 Update. What are your reasons for rejecting it?