Ways of blocking the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
August 16, 2016 Leave a comment
By now you know that Windows 10 Anniversary Update [a.k.a. v1607, Redstone 1, build 14393] is available.
If you are on a network domain [i.e. at a company usually] you won’t see it until the domain administrators manage the domain.
If you have the Professional edition, you can defer the update for four months. To do this:
- Go to Settings.
- Then Updates & security.
- On the right side, click on Advanced options.
- Check the box Defer upgrades.
If you have the Home edition [a.k.a. “Core” or consumer edition], there is very little you can do.
Note: If you bought the computer at a store, then it is most likely a Home edition.
Note: It is not guaranteed whether the procedure for Home edition users will work in the future.
While not confirmed [since I don’t have the Home edition but some say it works] you can try the following:
- Click on the link http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/2/2/F22D5FDB-59CD-4275-8C95-1BE17BF70B21/wushowhide.diagcab and save the file somewhere locally. This is a Microsoft tool to show or hide updates.
- Double-click on wushowhide.diagcab to run it.
- Click the link marked Advanced.
- Uncheck the box marked Apply repairs automatically. Click Next.
- The tool will run anywhere from about 30 seconds to a few minutes [depends on the speed of your computer].
- Click the option to Hide Updates.
- If you see a checkbox marked “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607”, check the box to the left of it [ignore the others] and then click on the Next button.
Note: If you do not see “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607”, then your computer is not scheduled to get the update at this time.
A further option that can be tried is to set Windows 10 to a “metered connection”. When you use this feature, it will stop the computer from downloading any [major] updates because it things your computer has a slow connection. To do this:
- Open your Start menu and select Settings.
- Click the Network & Internet icon and then select Wi-Fi.
- Select Advanced options at the bottom of the list of nearby Wi-Fi networks.
- Activate the Set as metered connection option here.
Note: There may be some issues that could result when changing this option. For example, Microsoft Outlook may complain with a notification that you are using a metered connection and may stop downloading any large attachments, etc.