How to Hinder System Upgrades in Windows 10

How To Hinder Upgrades To Windows 10

In Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Microsoft gave users the options of controlling when and if the users wanted to get an update. But this is something that has changed in Windows 10, at least in the Home Edition. It looks like Microsoft doesn’t want any more at-risk computers out there, but it should be up to the user whether they want their PC upgraded or not. Users should not be forced to get something they don’t want to try, and hopefully Microsoft will change that soon.

Microsoft said that users will have access to the latest updates in Windows Update and that only Windows 10 Pro, Education, and Enterprise will have the option of delaying these updates. Home Edition users will have no control over if and when they receive these upgrades. This is something that many users don’t like since Microsoft is taking away the control they once had, and some users don’t want these updates because it might come with features that are still buggy. The users doesn’t want to deal with that. Many will want to wait until those bugs are fixed so that they will not have to deal with the problems and headaches they usually bring, and some users are happy with what they currently have and want to keep things as is.

Some users have even opted to enable the Metered Connection feature that can also be found in Windows 10 Home Edition. With this feature you can tell Microsoft that your Internet connection is limited in some way, and the tech giant will or should wait while you have this on. To turn this feature on go to “Start Menu -> Change WiFi Settings -> Advance Options -> Metered Connection.”

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There is one downside to this, and it’s that the feature will only work if your W10 computer is on WiFi. Only Microsoft knows why they don’t let you indicate that you have a metered connection through Ethernet. Hopefully, Microsoft will change that in the near future.

When a user delays these updates, they are deferred for several months, but Microsoft does not specify the exact amount of months. Sooner or later these updates are going to be installed since you can’t delay them forever, but at least when you get them, they will not have as many problems as when they first came out. But what about security updates? Don’t worry, by delaying upgrades security updates are not affected, so you’re good. Microsoft made that perfectly clear.

If you are one of the lucky Windows 10 users that can delay updates, then you need to go to “Update & Security -> Windows Update -> Advanced Options.” Right above “View your update history,” you will see “Defer upgrades.” Click on that to enable it.

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There is not doubt that Windows 10 is much better than Windows 8, but there are still some things it needs to change, such as being able to decide if Home Edition users want to receive upgrades at a certain time. Do you like getting updates when Microsoft releases them or would you rather wait? Let us know in the comments.

14 comments

  1. There should be a way to block upgrades through ones firewall. By blocking Microsoft’s address?

  2. It truly bugs me to find my Plex server down because W10 has rebooted for all these random updates!

    • Hi Bob,
      I guess all we can do is wait to see if that is ever fixed. Looks like we have no choice but to put up with this for now. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  3. I have updated Win7 to Win10 home for a charity. It causes them no end of problems when they start the computer up and it wants to keep rebooting.They say they don’t know what to do and cannot get on with using it sometimes for quite a while. Of course I don’t know if quite a while is a minute or two or much longer. Unfortunately they went beyond the 30 days before they go so fed up with it they asked me if anything could be done. I am going to see if I can migrate everything they want to do to Linux and dump Windows altogether.

    • Hi Norman,
      I thought Microsoft already released a fix for that last. Sorry to hear about the issues you are having and hope it all turns out for the best. let me know if all goes well. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  4. It is disappointing that leaders in the Industry aren’t opposing win10 more aggressively. It is in their best interests to supply alternative OS’s and support materials to all previous winOS’s and to not provide software to win10 OS. There were 72 working hacks of XP in the Federation. Surely there are working hack versions of 7 & 8. Sooner or later one of these geniuses is going to see the light that will displace Microsoft from it place. Besides, Windows OS is so pervasive worldwide as to be in the public domain . . . I have never liked bloated code, but that is another story. If win10 were new and creative, it would not be giving more power to Microsoft. If it were a truly innovative jump in OS, it would be open source. But, No! Microsoft will never be this way because logic and creativity aren’t part of their corporate atmosphere. They rather recycle and repatch old code. Microsoft in no more than used car salesmen, pushing what others have made. This kind of culture is destine fail. The PC industry needs to take a look at itself and jump-start the future. Look at WordPress; a key to the future lies in its lessons. If Microsoft likes its DOS-age thinking let them stay behind. ©2016

    • Hi DoktorThomas,
      It would be great if it were open source, but I doubt that day will ever come. The good thing is that we will always have Linux and we can choose which one we want to use. Thanks for sharing your opinion. =-)

    • HI There,
      Sure I would love to. This is obviously my personal opinion and others may or may not agree, but here goes. To me Windows 10 is better than 8 because of the Start menu that is back, Cortana, Search improvements, Windowed modern apps and snap assist, Etc. The visuals are also better for me in Windows 10. So, you´ ‘re not a Windows 10 fan? =-)

  5. I’ll say this for Windows 10…it makes older PCs/laptops run faster, better smoother. Of course, this is from my direct experience and I am sure this is not the case for everyone.

    I do IT work and I have upgraded at least 30 or so systems of various brands and ages. As far as my own stuff – I have updated my own older equipment that I use for my IT lab in my business and as emergency backup machines. I have 4 laptops from 2009 and 2010. Windows 7 OEM was on all of them and they chugged along. Now, with Windows 10 on them they fly. I mean like Linux would! I was totally shocked! We all know the drill. As the PC equip gets older you look to throw a light weight Linux distro on it to re-purpose it, but with Windows 10 running so fast on these systems they are like brand new.

    A client case study of my very first upgrade attempt – an old Dell N5030 from 2009, running an Intel Celeron and 3GB RAM and a 5400 RPM WD HD. My client was going to send it to recycling so I asked if I could use it for some experiments first. I did a Dell system restore, updated 7 enough for the Win 10 upgrade then went for it. I also then converted it to a CLEAN installation. The thing will now boot and be ready in under 60 seconds! I have been making a ton of money just doing upgrades for clients. It saves them a ton and makes me a nice profit.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m no fanboy. The inability to finely tune how my upgrades come has me completely pissed off. And the amount of spying and phoning home is disturbing to say the least. Don’t even get me started on how pissed I am that Microsoft has decided that it is their decision to reset my privacy settings after big updates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hi The Duderino,
      Hope all goes well with the upgrading business you have going there and, yes it is annoying about the resetting the privacy settings after the updates. I guess they want us to think they are still set up the way we had them. That´s why we should always check! =-) Thanks for commenting.

  6. I really enjoyed the part that the author is saying : ” here is not doubt that Windows 10 is much better than Windows 8,..”

    I think that this is the worst system ever produced by microsoft after windows vista.!!! And one more thing : Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes” . This phrase is for the spying features that this O.S. have….!!! Who ever understands , understands.!

    Have a lovely evening.

    • Hi Arxaios,
      If Windows 10 is the best OS from Microsoft is very subjective. Some love it while others hate it. I personally like it, but I know it´s not perfect, but what OS is, right? Thanks for commenting. =-)

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