How to Delay / Skip Fall Creators Update on Windows 10

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is coming on October 17, so it seems their servers will be busy as hell. The update will come in segments, first to newer devices to fix up the bugs associated with it.

And then slowly to the old users. But if you think that you want to upgrade it after all the bugs are fixed or don’t want any unnecessary fuss about it then you can quickly skip it.

Yes, you can skip it or delay it for your reasons. There are different ways to postpone the Fall Creators Update. It won’t matter if you’re running Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home.

So, let’s see the methods to delay it or skip it.

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How to Postpone the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Installation?

If the update becomes available on Windows 10, then you can merely delay the upgrade to a later time. Just follow the steps below to change the schedule of the update:

Step-1: First you need to go to Settings. Then you need to find Update & security. After that click on Windows Update.

Step-2: You’ll see a Restart option under Update settings. Click to open it.

Step-3: Turn on the Schedule a time toggle switch. Select the time and date you want the upgrade to occur. You can delay it six days max.

If you want to skip the update until a later time the same day, you’ll see it in the Windows Update settings page. After that just click the Change active hours link.

And configure the time range that you don’t want the update to happen.

Step-4: After completing all the steps. Save it, and it will occur outside the active hours.

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Defer the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Installation

This method works for Windows 10 Pro, and with this one, you can skip it up to 12 months after the release. Using Current Branch readiness level, you can skip it up to 12 months, and by using Current Branch for the Business option, you can skip it up to 16 months.

To defer feature updates on Windows 10 Pro, use the following steps:

Step-1: Firstly, open Settings. And then click on Update & security.

Step-2: Go to Update settings and then click the Advanced options link under it.


Step-3: After that, click on Choose when updates are installed. Then select the level you want.

Current Branch: Will defers feature updates up to 365 days since the original release of version 1709.

Current Branch for Business: This will defers feature updates up to 365 days since the update becomes available for business, which usually happens four months after the update releases in the Current Branch.

Step-4: Select the number of days you want to delay it from the feature update drop-down menu.

So, once you complete the steps, your device won’t receive the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update until the time you specified, or unless you change the settings changes.

But you’ll still receive security updates to patch any security vulnerability in the version you’re running.

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How to Block the Fall Creators Update on Windows 10 Home?

If you’re running Windows 10 Home, then you won’t have the defer option to skip it or delay it. So, you need to block it to avoid the update temporarily. You can install it with a metered connection.

You must be wondering what a metered connection is? Well, a metered connection is a feature that limits the data usage of Windows 10. You can use this to configure your network connection as metered to block the update then unblock when you’re ready.

You can temporarily use this to prevent the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from installing without compromising the security of your computer. Follow the steps below to do it.

Step-1: First, open Settings. Then click on Network & internet. After that, click on Wi-Fi.

Step-2: Next, click on the network connection you use to connect to the internet.

Step-3: After that, Turn on the Metered connection toggle switch.

If you are using Ethernet connection then follow the steps below to do it:

Step-1: First, open Settings. Then click on Network & internet. After that, click on Ethernet.

Step-2: Next, click on the network connection you use to connect to the internet.

Step-3: After that, Turn on the Metered connection toggle switch.

After this, your Windows 10 will block it as a quality update. But essential updates will continue to keep this version up to date.

Note: Using a metered connection will affect Store apps updates, Start menu may stop showing live updates. Also, offline files may not sync automatically.

But if you are worried about missing any updates then you can check them through Windows 10 Update history. You can choose to download the update manually.

And if you are ready for the Fall Update just reverse the process and you’re good to go.

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Wrapping it up,

There might be many reasons for you to skip or delay the update. But I would not recommend you to skip it entirely. Ad they bring this updates to add features or enhance privacy and security protocols.

So, it’s better to install the update when there are no bugs, and you’ll get a cleaner and safer version to install.

But you should also stop rushing into a new update right after the release. As there might be many unknown bugs or problems associated with it that could protect your smooth experience.

Just wait for the right time and enjoy the features they provide.

2 thoughts on “How to Delay / Skip Fall Creators Update on Windows 10”

  1. It sounds too good to be true, but I hope it isn’t for all of us seniors. There are still a lot of seniors who are confused about all of these Win 10 updates and are about to give up their pc’s. They are getting overwhelmed with all of the changes that they don’t understand and need. Throw all of us a bone and just let us do our same old same old surfing the net, emailing, shopping on line, looking up stuff. We don’t want or need all of these extra bells and whistles that MS is adding. A lot of us feel like you have kicked us oldsters to the side of the road and are just waiting for us to die off. And that you are just interested in the younger people who can understand all of the changes.

    All of this to say at least you seem to have given us a little hope in keeping and using our pc’s the way we want to with the skipping for 365 days. Please pass this up high to your superiors and let them know how upset that a few million seniors are about all of the confusion and anxiety that MS is giving us with all of the changes. A perfect world for us would be to maintain a MS OS that does security updates and keeps the same UI so that we can enjoy our computers. Right now a lot of seniors are very frustrated and upset about these twice a year updates.

    Thanks for listening.



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