Disable Windows 10 auto build update

Highlighted
Occasional Visitor

Is there a way to disable automatic build updates in Windows 10?  Or a way so the automatic update does not update to build 1809?  We have some SaaS applications that error on build 1809 with the IE 11 update that comes with it.

2 Replies
Highlighted
Generally, no, you cannot reliably disable those updates. However, depending on the Windows 10 version you have (not possible with home), you may defer feature updates up to one year and just skip 1809, hoping for your issue to get fixed in newer releases. Read https://www.ghacks.net/2018/09/27/how-to-delay-feature-updates-in-windows-10/ for more information on that. The only reliable and supported way of not getting feature updates, ever, would be moving the affected machines to run Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSC. This platform will receive only security updates until it reaches end of support on Oct. 13, 2026. However, this comes with licensing (you'll need an Enterprise licensing agreement with Microsoft) and usability (Microsoft doesn't want you using LTSC builds on regular 'information worker' machines) issues.
Highlighted

Another way would be to use WSUS (and probably ConfigMgr) to control updates, but that would involve additional time to manage the updates. WSUS is free, but you need a server for it.

 

Microsoft also provides Desktop App Assure program to help with issues that rise with new versions of Windows 10. It is "free of charge" via FastTrack, but you have to have some subscription to be eligible. https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/What-is-Desktop-App-Assure/ba-p/270232