Ways of blocking the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Then Updates & security.
  3. On the right side, click on Advanced options.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Double-click on wushowhide.diagcab to run it.
  3. Click the link marked Advanced.
  4. Uncheck the box marked Apply repairs automatically. Click Next.
  5. The tool will run anywhere from about 30 seconds to a few minutes [depends on the speed of your computer].
  6. Click the option to Hide Updates.
  7. 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:

  1. Open your Start menu and select Settings.
  2. Click the Network & Internet icon and then select Wi-Fi.
  3. Select Advanced options at the bottom of the list of nearby Wi-Fi networks.
  4. 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.



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