[Note: This article has been completely revised for the latest Windows 10 feature updates. This revision covers version 1903 and was last updated 25-March-2019.]
Sometimes this month, Microsoft will complete its next major feature update. If the company follows its long-standing practice, Windows Update servers begin delivering the Windows 10 version 1903 update in April to the current Windows 10 installations that have been running for at least 30 days.
This is the latest functional update in Microsoft's new two-year release cadence, and you should see it with skepticism deserving of any initial release of a new Windows version. In a business setting, it typically means delaying the upgrade for a few months while installing the new version on a smaller number of test devices.
This postponement process is only available on PCs running business and educational editions, such as Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education. Windows 10 Home does not offer any postponement options. (On a PC running Windows 10 Home, you may be able to upgrade at no cost. See "How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro free" for details.)
During several feature updates since the original release of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft has tinkered with the update feature update interface. The steps I describe here assume that you have already installed the update from October 2018, version 1809.
And an important note: These procedures are not available if you are running a Windows Insider Preview building. On a machine that is part of the Windows Insider program, you can pause updates for seven days, but because new builds (full feature updates) are typically delivered weekly to the speed ring, the normal delay / delay options are not relevant.  The good news is that you no longer need to touch group policy settings to postpone updates on a standalone PC. Instead, you can choose from three options, all of which are available in the Windows 10 Settings app.
Go to Settings> Update and Security> Windows Update, and then click Advanced Settings to see all three settings that I have marked on the screen of this page.
Option 1 allows you to select a service channel (formerly called a branch). The default setting is Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted), which is similar to what was previously known as the current branch.
You can change this setting to the Semi-Annual Channel (the new name for what was previously known as the Current Branch for the Company, as shown here. It disappears feature updates until Microsoft declares them "ready for business implementation. "For version 1803, this statement was uncharacteristically fast, just two months after its original release. However, version 1809 was pulled from Microsoft's update servers shortly after its release due to several quality issues; choosing this option saved devices will be affected by the original errors.  Also
Option 2 allows you to specify additional time after the official release to the channel you have chosen, delay the upgrade by up to another 365 days from the original release date, in the example shown I have chosen a delay on 90 days, which means that the 1903 upda tea function will not be offered to this PC before at least July 2019.  On any PC where you select the full 365-day delay and have been admitted to the biannual channel, you will be spared some feature updates until sometime well after the start of 2020. (Also, this option is only available on PCs running Pro, Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10.)
Option 3 works independently of the feature update settings and allows you to postpone monthly cumulative security updates and any extra out-of-band updates up to 30 days. In this example, I have chosen to postpone these updates for 7 days to allow time for testing.
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To make the corresponding changes on a corporate network using Group Policy, follow a slightly different set of steps.
Use Group Policy Editor to navigate to Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Windows Update> Windows Update for Business. Open Policy Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received set it to Enabled, and then use the controls to select your preferred branch. The settings here are identical to those in Settings, with an addition: You can also specify that you want to pause pre-build updates or feature updates from a specific date. Pause will remain in effect for 35 days unless you return to the Group Policy Settings page and manually remove the start date.
Just be sure to set a calendar reminder at least a week or two before the expiration date because you won & # 39; Don't receive a warning when the clock is running out. You can only see the update offered for installation, with no more delay or delay options.
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