How to Block the Incoming Windows 10 April 2018 Update from Installing Itself on Your PC


With the introduction of Windows as a Service, Microsoft adopted an aggressive approach with its desktop operating system, promising to send two feature updates every year. While it brings fun to the game, not everyone is up for going through the installation process and the subsequent compatibility issues twice a year.

If you have been dreading the release of Windows 10 April 2018 Update and don't feel like jumping on to the latest Windows 10 version right away, you can easily delay the update for a few days to read its reviews and wait for it to get more stable.

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1. How to postpone Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Here's how you can delay Windows 10 April 2018 Update while still getting security updates to make sure you aren't putting your machine at risk.

  • Open Settings > Update & security Windows Update.
  • Click on Restart options under Update settingsdelay windows 10
  • Toggle on Schedule a time and pick a time when your machine can be upgraded (note: you can only delay it for up to seven days only).

Under Update settings, you can also click on Change active hours to delay the update for just a few hours to make sure the installation process doesn't start while you are at work.

While the above steps delay Windows 10 April 2018 Update for just a few days, it is an easy solution for those who, for example, want to wait until the weekend to deal with a new operating system.

2. How to delay Windows 10 April 2018 Update for a longer time

As we have shared with our readers previously, opting for a metered connection helps in deferring new updates for until you are ready. However, this strategy also poses you to security threats as you won't receive Patch Tuesday cumulative updates. If you are comfortable with manually installing cumulative updates every Patch Tuesday, then you can use this option to block Windows 10 April 2018 Update for a longer time. Here's how:

  • Open Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi.
  • Change your WiFi connection as a metered connection: click on the network you use to connect to the internet and toggle on Metered connection in the next screen.

Do note the severity of this option as most of the security updates will stay blocked too. While Microsoft will continue installing priority updates, most of the cumulative updates will remain blocked. You will need to install cumulative updates manually until you toggle off the metered connection. Every time Microsoft sends a security patch, you will need to manually download and install it from the Windows 10 update history page.

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When you are ready to upgrade to Windows 10 April 2018 Update, you can simply go through the same steps to toggle off metered connection; until then the update will remain blocked.

3. If you use the Pro or Enterprise version and want to delay Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Things are fairly easy for you as you can delay Windows 10 1803 April 2018 Update for up to 365 days and that too "legitimately."

  • Go to Settings Update & security.
  • Under Update settings, click on Advanced optionsblock windows 10
  • You can choose either Current Branch or Current Branch for Business.

The first option lets you defer a feature upgrade for up to 365 days and the second one for up to a year after it's made available for corporate consumers, which usually happens four months after the public release.

You can always go back to these settings to get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update earlier than you have selected. Windows 10 version 1803 has promised to deliver a number of exciting new features. Let's hope the Redmond tech giant has also finally managed to iron out those compatibility troubles that usually plague every new Windows 10 release.

Originally published on April 2, 2018.