Windows 10 version 1803: How to delay it

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It’s hard to believe, but there have actually been 5 new versions of Windows released since July 2015.  All of them have been releases of Windows 10 but each was literally a new version of Windows.  Right now you should all have Windows 10 version 1709.  It first started rolling out to computers (either automatically or by a deliberate upgrade) in October.   Windows 10 version 1803 is right around the corner.  It will start being pushed out in April.  

Here’s what I think.  Windows 10 – 1709 is very stable at the moment.   You can confirm that you have it by pressing Windows key + S on your keyboard and then typing in — winver — and then pressing the Enter key.  

Let’s delay the new upgrade for a while.  Why mess up a good thing?  When all the bugs get worked out after a couple months then it will be time for the new Windows 10 – 1803.   If you forgot what the 1709 or 1803 mean, they refer to the year and month that the version of Windows was finalized.  

Come the summer, July or August, you will be ready for the latest version of Windows 10.  You don’t need to be first in line.

Here is how to delay a feature update (aka a new version of Windows) in Windows 10

1. Start Menu

2. Settings (PC Settings if you are still using the Classic Shell Start Menu)

3. Update & Security

4. Advanced options

5. Under “A feature update includes new capabilities and improvements. It can be deferred for this many days:”

6. Set it to 120

8.  Leave the days at 0 under the “quality update” section

7.  Close the window

Windows 10 is in a good place right now.  Let’s keep it there.  It’s good to have happy computing experiences without having to think too much.  I don’t know why Microsoft thinks they have to push out 2 NEW VERSIONS OF WINDOWS 10 PER YEAR.   Fortunately, we have control over the situation. It’s time to put our foot down.

** Big asterisk:  You can only delay Windows 10 upgrades if you have the Pro version of Windows 10.  If you bought your computer at Best Buy or a big box store, you have the Home (consumer) version.  Unfortunately, you have to take the new versions whenever Microsoft pushes them out.  It can be a real hassle.  If I ordered your computer for you, you have Windows 10 Pro.  You can follow the instructions I gave.

Lesson to be learned: I am not in the business of selling computers. However, I like to place computer orders for my customers by choosing major brands like HP, Dell, and Lenovo. These are not the computers sold in stores.  Let me order your Windows computer for you next time. I choose the Pro version of Windows because of the update delay feature and additional security enhancements.