We are just days away from Microsoft launching the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update. The company's servers are ready to go and version 1803 will make its way to users soon. As normal, the company will be rolling the Windows 10 feature update out in stages, so over the next few weeks and months you could receive the upgrade.
While it is nice to see a new Windows 10 build laden with features, new builds must also be treated with some caution. Unfortunately, new releases are not always stable. Microsoft works to make new updates as fluent as possible. Indeed, that's what the Windows Insider Program is for, allowing people to test features while Microsoft stabilizes the platform.
Still, new releases on the scale of the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update can be problematic. That's why some people (especially businesses) delay updating their PCs. Microsoft's automatic updates have made doing that a challenge.
For individual users, delaying the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update is next to impossible. Microsoft's deferral method is only for users running Windows 10 Business and Education editions. This includes Win10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education.
Microsoft has made the deferral process simpler, although the window is limited. The company has removed the need for users to change the Group Policy settings for deferring Windows 10 updates on a single machine. There are now three clear options presenting in the Settings app:
The first option lets users choose the service channel. Windows 10 runs under a Semi-Annual Channel as default. This is Microsoft's twice-annual system for updating the platform with new feature upgrade. It is possible to change this section to “ready for business deployment” which usually happens around four months after the first release.
Under the second option, users can specify a timeframe for when the official release to the selected channel. The upgrade can be deferred for up to 365 days after its first launch. Microsoft will notify you when the time period passes.
The final Settings option is a standalone ability that gives users the ability to defer the cumulative update that Microsoft rolls out every month. These releases are better known as Patch Tuesday and can be delayed for up to 7 days.