The latest update to Windows 10, version 1511 (or build 10586, but effectively ‘Service Pack 1’), has introduced a plethora of changes, from performance enhancements, refinements to Cortana, and an updated Microsoft Edge internet browser, but the most intriguing new function it has brought has gone unadvertised. With version 1511, Windows 10 users can now defer upgrades for up to a year using the Windows Update for Business service.
Windows Update for Business, or WUB, is a set of controls now available in Windows 10 Pro, and is designed to alleviate the problems incurred by businesses that are forced to install updates and upgrades when they are unprepared to do so. While designed for businesses, there’s nothing stopping regular Windows 10 user from using the system to manage their own Windows Update service.
To use WUB to defer Windows 10 updates, follow these instructions:
- Type gpedit.msc into the Windows searchbar. Click on the “Microsoft Common Console Document” result;
- The Local Group Policy Editor will now be open. Find the field “Computer Configuration,” expand the “Administrative Templates” folder, then the “Windows Components” folder, and finally “Windows Update”. Click on “Defer Upgrades and Updates” in the settings list;
- Here, you can select to enable deferring of updates. Two fields, one for updates and another for upgrades, will allow you to pick anywhere between 1 and 8 months to defer, in addition to the 4 months you can already defer via the Windows Update advanced settings “Defer upgrades” tickbox. Click ‘Apply’.