I take it as an essay of faith that we don’t wish to implement a open refurbish to Windows 10, chronicle 1803, as shortly as it’s available. As we’ve seen, repeatedly, upgrading to a new chronicle of Windows 10 as shortly as it’s out leads to madness. For roughly everyone, a new facilities in chronicle 1803 — Timeline, a few changed settings, some-more telemetry options nonetheless not a one (“OFF”) that matters most, faster upgrades — usually aren’t value a worry of installing and environment adult an wholly new duplicate of Windows. (Unless we unequivocally wish Candy Crush Soda Saga commissioned for a umpteenth time.)
If you’re a Cortana or Edge fan, your opinion might vary, of course. And there are definite advantages underneath a covers. But for 90% of us, we would guess, 1803 isn’t high on a priority list. It positively isn’t value thrusting yourself into a delinquent beta tester pool during a beginning opportunity, while watchful for Microsoft to iron is problems out. Thus, for many Windows 10 users, it creates a whole lot of clarity to wait and refurbish to 1803 when you’re good and prepared for it — not when MS decides to pull it on you.
Turning a Automatic Update switch off should usually take a few clicks. After all, that’s what we had with Windows 7 and 8.1. We’ve left over that now. Windows 10 updates itself “as a service” — nonetheless your complement needn’t be servile.
The text proceed (for Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education)
For those of we regulating Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education, there’s always a Microsoft Party Line. Here’s a central proceed to spin off Windows 10 “feature updates” (that’s a central name for a chronicle upgrade):
Step 1. Click Start Settings Update Security.
You see a Advanced Options pane. If you’re regulating Win10 Fall Creators Update, chronicle 1709, what we see is shown in a screenshot.
Step 2. Set a Branch Readiness to Semi-Annual Channel.
This environment should tell Microsoft to refrain from installing a subsequent chronicle of Windows (in this case, 1803) until there’s been an central proclamation that a chronicle is “ready for widespread deployment” or “full availability.” As you’ll see in a subsequent section, that’s not what’s happened in a new past. One hopes it’ll occur in a future.
In theory, new versions of Windows 10 will be deemed “ready for widespread deployment” 4 months after initial recover — in a box of 1803, that would be in early August. In practice, a miracle (formerly called “Current Branch for Business”) has taken a small over 3 months.
There’s no warning about a change to “Semi-Annual Channel.” Microsoft usually declares a new chronicle to be prepared for full availability, for reasons as nonetheless unknown, and that same day, a new chronicle starts rolling out to those on a Semi-Annual Channel branch.
If you’re regulating Windows 10 Creators Update, chronicle 1703, a pane’s a small bit different. You wish to select Current Branch for Business.
Step 3. Set a Feature Update deferral to 365 days.
In theory, this environment tells Microsoft that we wish to wait for a subsequent chronicle of Windows, chronicle 1803 in this case, to be announced “ready for widespread deployment” and after that we wish to wait for an additional 365 days. In practice, we’ve never strike a 365 day mark, nonetheless this environment should perform during slightest as good as wearing a strand of garlic around your neck.
The setting’s a same for both Windows 10 1709 and 1703.
While you’re here, we should also tell Windows 10 to wait 30 days before installing accumulative updates (“quality updates”).
You can “X” out of a pane. There’s no Save button.
If we use Windows 10 Home
For those of we regulating Windows 10 Home, a conditions isn’t scarcely as straightforward. Many people suggest that we spin off a Windows Update service, wuauserv, nonetheless I’ve never been a fan of that proceed — too many probable problems and undocumented side effects. (If we feel so inclined, though, usually google “disable wuauserv.”)
My recommendation is to symbol your internet tie as “metered” — revelation Microsoft, in effect, that you’re profitable for internet by a bit, and we don’t wish to overkill your connection. There’s no pledge this proceed (dare we call it a “trick”?) will always work, but, distinct a central settings mentioned in a preceding section, it doesn’t demeanour like Microsoft has abandoned them privately to force upgrades on blocked machines.
Metered connectors have some peculiar side effects, with resourceful downloading that’s spasmodic hard to predict, nonetheless if we don’t have Pro, Enterprise or Education, it’s an easy proceed to evasion a forced ascent bullet.
To set your internet tie to metered, click Start Settings Network Internet. If we have a connected (Ethernet) connection, on a left, click Ethernet, click on a network icon, and slip “Set as metered connection” to On (see a screenshot below).
If we bond to a internet around Wi-Fi, a instructions are a same except, on a left, click Wi-Fi.
Windows 7 and 8.1
If we haven’t nonetheless finished a jump to Windows 10, there’s zero to worry about. The days of pushed Win10 updates are prolonged behind us, and it’s doubtful they’ll come again. In theory, Win7 and 8.1 users have to compensate for a Win10 upgrade. I’ve seen no denote that Microsoft will ever move behind a “Get Windows 10” debacle.
Microsoft’s inclination to forget a possess settings
On three apart occasions over a past 5 months — in November 2017, January 2018, and March 2018 — Microsoft forcibly upgraded Windows 10 Pro machines that have Advanced Options set to defer upgrades. Microsoft has, in effect, abandoned a possess settings. You can consider of these incidents as accidents, or a outcome of busy or overly enthusiastic individuals. I, for one, am not so magnanimous.
These aren’t fly-by-night reports, or wails of pain from users who forgot to spin something on or off. All 3 have been documented by Microsoft as being Microsoft mistakes, in nooks and crannies of a several posts.
Oddly, it seems that a metered tie pretence kept operative in a face of all of those “oopsies.” You might good wish to set your internet tie to metered, even if we use Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education. Belt and suspenders and all that.
Microsoft’s central behind door
The last, and many sinful of a 3 “oops” events involves a, uh, underline called Update Assistant and a executioner program, updateassistant.exe. The feeble documented Update Assistant has been around for a prolonged time, nonetheless a forward inlet came to light when it started (erroneously, according to Microsoft) ignoring a Windows Update settings that were ostensible to retard designation of a subsequent chronicle of Windows 10.
Update Assistant has evolved. You might have seen KB 4023057, a “Update to Windows 10 Versions 1507, 1511, 1607, and 1703 for refurbish reliability,” that has been expelled and re-re-re-released some-more than a dozen times. This “Remediation Shell” (formerly “WaaSMedic”) patch is dictated to (in a words of abbodi86):
Fix and reset Windows Update-related tools to their “supported” configuration, i.e. revive registry settings, services status, report tasks, transparent hoop space, and launch UpdateAssistant.exe if installed. Mainly it’s meant to pave a proceed to accept a latest updates, possibly peculiarity updates, or underline refurbish to latest Windows 10 version… it developed from usually regulating a Registry to restoring tasks and regulating a drivers DB, and harmony for UAC management.. a categorical purpose or duty did not change: re-allow blocked or infirm Windows Update.
Microsoft’s so gung-ho on blustering divided your Windows Update blocks that it’s set adult a fast estimable of a excellent malware. The many gross instance is KB 4023814 that has an odd web page that says:
Some versions of Windows 10 arrangement a presentation to implement a latest version.
If you’re now regulating Windows 10 Version 1507, Version 1511, Version 1607, or Version 1703, we can design to accept a presentation that states that your device has to have a latest confidence updates installed. Windows Update will afterwards try to refurbish your device.
The KB essay somehow neglects to discuss what KB 4023814 indeed does. As MrBrian notes on AskWoody, when we run a patch, it installs (or updates) updateassistant.exe and Windows10Upgrade.exe, afterwards sets adult dual scheduled tasks:
- UpdateAssistant runs each time we restart your appurtenance or record on to Windows. The scheduled charge looks to see if updateassistant.exe or Windows10Upgrade.exe is accessible and, if not, reconstructs it from a files in C:WindowsUpdateAssistant or UpdateAssistantV2. It afterwards runs updateassistant.exe.
- UpdateAssistantCalendarRun runs each 3 days possibly we reboot or not. Like UpdateAssistant, it reconstitutes a updateassistant.exe or Windows10Upgrade.exe file, afterwards runs updateassistant.exe.
To put topping on a cake, we can’t uninstall KB 4023814. It doesn’t uncover adult in your list of commissioned updates. It isn’t in a Microsoft Update Catalog either, for that matter.
Microsoft unequivocally doesn’t wish we to disaster with a Windows Update service. If we do, your efforts are expected to be bloody away. Microsoft has used this matrix to force people from Windows 10 1703 to 1709, possibly they wanted it or not. It stays to be seen how many “oops” moments we’ll see in a transformation from 1709 to 1803.
If we ever wondered because 90% of all Windows 10 users got bumped to Windows 10 1709, now we know.
Of course, from Microsoft’s indicate of perspective they’re simply editing any bugs that might have been introduced in a ascent process. Defeating those who actively retard a ascent is usually a bit of felicitous material damage.
When all else fails — or if we wish to reason a Windows 10 1803 ascent during brook while we implement other updates — Microsoft’s wushowhide application works great. You wish to censor a “Feature refurbish to Windows 10, chronicle 1803.” The pretence is that we can’t censor a “Feature refurbish to Windows 10, chronicle 1803” refurbish until it indeed appears on your appurtenance — and it might not get pushed to we for days, weeks, or even months.
To forestall any nasty surprises, we should run wushowhide before we switch off any of a 1803-blocking techniques mentioned in this feature. If 1803 is being offering on your machine, wushowhide lets we “hide” a patch while we use Windows Update to get your other rags brought adult to date.
Here’s how to run wushowhide:
Step 1. Go to KB 3073930 and download Microsoft’s Wushowhide tool. (Click a couple noted “Download a ‘Show or censor updates’ troubleshooter package now.”) Drag a downloaded file, Wushowhide.diagcab, to any available location.
Step 2. Double-click on Wushowhide.diagcab to run it.
Step 3. This part’s important. Click a couple noted Advanced. Uncheck a box noted “Apply repairs automatically.” Click Next.
Step 4. Wushowhide will run for a long, prolonged time. When it comes behind adult for air, click a couple to Hide Updates. If we see a checkbox noted “Feature refurbish to Windows 10, chronicle 1803,” as in a screenshot, check a box subsequent to a object and click Next. (If we don’t see “Feature refurbish to Windows 10, chronicle 1709,” a ascent isn’t being sent to your box yet. “X” out of wushowhide and check again tomorrow.
Wushowhide is an peculiar bird. If it successfully hid a upgrade/update/patch, you’ll see a “Troubleshooting has completed” dialog with your 1803 patch noted as a “Problems found.” You did all right.
Step 5. Click Close. You’re done.
If we don’t trust Microsoft’s wushowhide tool, we can determine for yourself that it hid a chronicle 1803 upgrade. Go behind to Windows Update (Start Settings Update security, afterwards Check for Updates) your appurtenance should uncover “Your device is adult to date.” The 1803 ascent didn’t get installed.
When you’re prepared to implement chronicle 1803 — we substantially will, during some indicate — a retreat procedure’s usually as easy. Here’s how to unhide a update:
Step 1. Double-click on Wushowhide.diagcab to run it. This part’s important. Click a couple noted Advanced. Uncheck a box noted “Apply repairs automatically.” Click Next.
Step 2. Wushowhide will run for a prolonged time. When it comes behind up, click a couple to Show dark updates.
Step 3. Check a box subsequent to “Feature refurbish to Windows 10, chronicle 1803,” click Next, and click Next again.
Wushowhide will dutifully tell we it is “Resolving problems.” When it’s done, we see a “Troubleshooting has completed” dialog.
Step 4. Click Close.
Version 1803 will afterwards get queued adult again, and a subsequent time Windows Update runs (you can check for updates manually, or let it run by itself, expected overnight), your appurtenance will reboot into Windows 10 Redstone 4, chronicle 1803, build 17133.
Nobody knows what kinds of unwashed tricks (er, remediation techniques) Microsoft will occupy to pull Windows 10 users onto 1803 — possibly we’ll have even some-more “oops” experiences. So it’s unfit to contend definitively how we can retard a ascent to 1803, both now and in a future.
At this point, if you’re critical about staying on your stream chronicle of Windows 10, here’s what we would recommend:
- If you’re regulating Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education, follow a central instructions and set Windows Update’s modernized options to Semi-Annual Channel and 365-day deferral of “feature updates,” as shown in a screenshot.
- No matter that book of Windows 10 you’re using, set your internet tie to “metered.”
- If you’re feeling quite paranoid (and technically capable), undo a UpdateAssistant scheduled tasks and undo all in c:WindowsUpdateAssistant and UpdateAssistantV2. Carefully watch what’s being practical to your appurtenance to make certain no some-more UpdateAssistant-related rags trickle by including, notably, KB 4023814 and KB 4023057.
Work is underneath proceed to figure out how best to keep updateassistant.exe and Windows10Upgrade.exe during bay. We’ll be following closely on AskWoody.com.
Thx to MrBrian, abbodi86, and a other courageous interlocutors on AskWoody.
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