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block feature updates Windows 10

Since Windows 10 May 2020 Update, the feature updates deferral option has been removed from Settings. But there are some tricks that can be used to enable feature updates deferral Windows 10. MiniTool Software writes this post to show you a guide on how to block feature updates Windows 10 using two methods.

Feature Update Deferral has Been Canceled since Windows 10 Version 2004

When a Windows 10 quality update is ready, it will be automatically downloaded and installed on your computer. Besides, when your Windows 10 version reaches the end of the support period, Windows will begin to automatically download and install the feature update on your PC.

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Now, Windows 10 May 2020 Update has been released for a period (you can see this post to learn how to get this new Windows 10 version: How to Get Windows 10 May 2020 Update Immediately). There are some changes including the Windows 10 feature updates settings. Since Windows 10 May 2020 Update (Windows 10 version 2004), Microsoft has overhauled the Windows 10 update system: the feature update deferral has been canceled. Before this change, you are allowed to delay feature updates for up to 365 days.

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Microsoft has announced this change in its documentation for power users and IT pros in June. Windows 10 version 2004 and the newer version will not allow you to delay Windows 10 features updates via Settings to “prevent confusion”.

That’s all? Not really. You can still use Registry Editor or Windows PowerShell to block feature updates Windows 10. Now, we will show you how to stop Windows 10 feature updates with these new tricks.

New Tricks to Enable Feature Updates Deferral on Windows 10

Via Registry Editor

Actually, this new trick is to modify the Registry and lock your PC onto a specific Windows 10 version. And this trick only works when the Windows 10 version you are using is supported by Microsoft. Now, you can use it for Windows 10 version 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909, and 2004.

Here is a guide on how to block Windows 10 feature updates:

1. Search for registry using Windows Search and select the first search result.

2. Navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

3. Right-click on Windows Update and then go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

select DWORD (32-bit) Value

4. Rename DWORD (32-bit) Value as TargetReleaseVersion.

5. Click the created TargetReleaseVersion and then set its value to 1.

6. Click OK.

7. Right-click Windows Update again and go to New > String Value.

8. Name String Value as TargetReleaseVersionInfo.

9. Click the created TargetReleaseVersion and then set its value to the Windows 10 version number. In this case, it is 2004.

10. Click OK.

set the value data as 2004

Via Windows PowerShell

Another way to enable feature update deferral on Windows 10 is to use Windows PowerShell prompt. This way is also very simple:

  1. Right-click Start.
  2. Select Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  3. Run the following command and here XXXX stands for the Windows 10 version number. In this case, it should be 2004.

reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate /f /v TargetReleaseVersionInfo /t REG_SZ /d XXXX

Windows PowerShell command

This method can also work on other Windows 10 versions like Windows 10 version 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909, etc. If you are still using Windows 10 version 1904 and you don’t want to update to version 2004, you can replace XXXX with 1903.

Bottom Line

This post shows you how to block feature updates on Windows 10 using Registry Editor and Windows PowerShell. You can select one method to solve your issue. Should you have any related issues, you can let us know in the comments.

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