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Windows Updates for Windows 10

wball1217
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How can I stop Win 10 Anniversary from installing?  I need the other updates and drivers and firmware.
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Edward PamiasTeam Lead RRS Desk
Top Expert 2016

Commented:
Download the GWX Control panel and disable the OS updates using that. It worked well for me.

REF: http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/
Business Consultant (Owner)
Most Valuable Expert 2012
Expert of the Year 2018
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I think GWX control panel is for Windows 7 to prevent upgrading to Windows 10.

You cannot prevent the Anniversary Update. It WILL install at some point. You can defer the restart that comes. You need to allow the update for other updates and drivers to install.

The Anniversary update works - I have it running and it is fine.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

Commented:
You could fill your hard drive so there's no room to download it and otherwise perform the upgrade... but that's not really a good solution.  Part of Windows 10 is that you WILL get all the updates and upgrades.  You no longer have a choice.
Edward PamiasTeam Lead RRS Desk
Top Expert 2016

Commented:
John, I have it loaded and it does stop updates from happening. I just checked it. Unless I am missing something. Please correct me if I am wrong. :)
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
Most Valuable Expert 2012
Expert of the Year 2018

Commented:
GWX does not have any granular ability (that I can see). It turns off all updates. In Windows 10, that would stop security updates (and there WERE security update just yesterday to the Anniversary Update). I do not recommend GWX on Windows 10 although I do use on Windows 7.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
Most Valuable Expert 2012
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Commented:
@wball1217 - Thanks. I am not having any issues with the Anniversary update (Version 1607). In general, it is better and more reliable than Version 1511.
Gary CaseRetired
Most Valuable Expert 2013
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Agree ... the v1607 update (Anniversary Update) works very nicely.   At first I wasn't so sure about the minor GUI "tweaks" they made, but I've quickly grown accustomed to them and now prefer them over the original interface.

I'm not sure what the pace of the rollout is ...  but I'd suggest doing it yourself by creating bootable media (USB flash drive or an ISO you burn to DVD) using the Media Creation Tool;  then running Setup from that media.    This works more reliably than the update done via Windows Update.    I had two systems that did NOT work with the direct update; but both upgraded just fine using media I created.

I've now upgraded about 15 systems for myself and others ... and all have gone very smoothly =>  I've had NO issues on systems I've upgraded using the USB Flash drive I created to do the update.
Most Valuable Expert 2015

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If you open "Settings", "Updates & Security", and then select "Windows Update", you should have an "Advanced options" link you can click on. In the next Window there is a "Defer upgrades" check box you can enable. This will prolong your upgrade to a new release for several months.

This option is at least available with Windows 10 Pro. I don't know about the home version though.
Gary CaseRetired
Most Valuable Expert 2013
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
"Defer upgrades" is not an option with Home.

Note also that this has been slightly changed in v1607 => it's no longer "Defer upgrades", but now says "Defer feature updates".   I assume the result is the same, but the subtle difference in the language may mean they've made some changes in just what is/isn't deferred.
Most Valuable Expert 2015

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It's the same thing, new features are only delivered with new releases, not with the normal updates. M$ has often changed names of things.