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How to block the Windows 10 spring update, version 1803, from installing

I take it as an article of faith that you don’t want to install the spring update to Windows 10, version 1803, as soon as it’s available. As we’ve seen, repeatedly, upgrading to a new version of Windows 10 as soon as it’s out leads to madness. For almost everyone, the new features in version 1803 — Timeline, a few moved settings, more telemetry options but not the one (“OFF”) that matters most, faster upgrades — just aren’t worth the bother of installing and setting up an entirely new copy of Windows. (Unless you really want Candy Crush Soda Saga installed for the umpteenth time.)

If you’re a Cortana or Edge fan, your opinion may vary, of course. And there are undeniable benefits under the covers. But for 90% of us, I would guess, 1803 isn’t high on the priority list. It certainly isn’t worth thrusting yourself into the unpaid beta tester pool at the earliest opportunity, while waiting for Microsoft to iron is problems out. Thus, for most Windows 10 users, it makes a whole lot of sense to wait and update to 1803 when you’re good and ready for it — not when MS decides to push it on you.

Turning the Automatic Update switch off should only take a few clicks. After all, that’s what we had with Windows 7 and 8.1. We’ve gone beyond that now. Windows 10 updates itself “as a service” — but your system needn’t be servile.

The textbook approach (for Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education)

For those of you running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education, there’s always the Microsoft Party Line. Here’s the official way to turn off Windows 10 “feature updates” (that’s the official name for a version upgrade):

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