Changed to Feature Updates in Windows 10 v2004

Feature Updates are those huge twice a year updates that are part of Windows 10. In most cases, these updates can take at least 45 minutes.

Professional, Education and Enterprise editions – up until v1909 – were allowed to modify when Windows can check for these Feature Updates. You were able to defer the update by a year. [Especially good since some recent Feature Updates have had issues.]

As of v2004 [“May 2020 Update”], this has changed. You can only change the way Feature Updates are checked by using the Group Policy Editor or the registry.

To modify, open the Group Policy Editor and follow the path Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business > Feature Updates are received.

By registry to disable:


By registry to enable:


Replace 2004 by the appropriate version that you want to scan for [obviously greater than the version you currently are using].

If you have the Home version, this information can’t be used.

As usual, use this information at your own risk.


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