How to postpone the upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update

A number of users are interested in delaying the upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update. There are many reasons for this. Most users say the new restrictions in Group Policy are unacceptable and want to postpone the upgrade for as long as possible. Some others don’t want to disturb their existing setup and allow their personalized settings reset to be again by the Anniversary Update. Here is the official way to postpone the upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Windows 10 allows the user to delay updates coming to the operating system. This option can be used to delay the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Here is how it’s done.


Open the Settings app.

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Go to Update & security -> Windows Update.

Windows 10 settings update and security


On the right, click Advanced options.

Windows 10 Windows update


On the next page, enable the option Defer feature updates as shown below:

Windows 10 defer feature updates


That’s it.

When you enable the Defer feature updates option, it switches your update channel from the Current Branch to Current Branch for Business. Unlike the Current Branch, the Current Branch for Business won’t get feature updates as soon as they are released to the public. Updates delivered to the Current Branch for Business are more polished and stable due to this redistribution model. So, you will get additional time before Windows 10 Anniversary Update is installed on your PC.


Feature updates are deferred by at least four months for Current Branch for Business. Note that this option is only not available for Windows 10 Home editions.