BM Computers advises that for security reasons, it is best to leave Windows Updates enabled. However we also understand that in some situations, it is necessary to defer updates for testing. The following information explains how to get around this, and is in no way endorsed by BM Computers.
Whilst it is common knowledge that non-pro Windows 10 users will receive compulsory updates (which infact can be deferred on a metered, see below), Microsoft will push updates to Pro versions of Windows 10 unless the end user utilises the ‘Current Branch for Business (CBB)’ update schedule, which will only offset the deployment of updates (there is conflicting information on this time frame, ranging from 3-8 months).
To be eligible for CBB, the user has to also be part of the Windows Insider Program:
To that end, we are introducing a new approach for business customers, which we are referring to as the Current branch for Business. By putting devices on the Current branch for Business, enterprises will be able to receive feature updates after their quality and application compatibility has been assessed in the consumer market, while continuing to receive security updates on a regular basis. This gives IT departments’ time to start validating updates in their environments the day changes are shipped broadly to consumers, or in some cases earlier, if they have users enrolled in the Windows Insider Program. By the time Current branch for Business machines are updated, the changes will have been validated by millions of Insiders, consumers and customers’ internal test processes for several months, allowing updates to be deployed with this increased assurance of validation. Enterprises will be able to decide if they want to receive updates automatically via Windows Update, or via WSUS to have control through management tools over how the updates are distributed in their environments.
There are some exceptions to this, however it is only for critical industries:
…we [Microsoft] understand that businesses require more control in how updates are delivered, and at what pace.
For example, systems powering hospital emergency rooms, air traffic control towers, financial trading systems, factory floors, just to name a few, may need very strict change management policies, for prolonged periods of time. To support Windows 10 devices in these mission critical customer environments we will provide Long Term Servicing branches at the appropriate time intervals. On these branches, customer devices will receive the level of enterprise support expected for the mission critical systems, keeping systems more secure with the latest security and critical updates, while minimizing change by not delivering new features for the duration of mainstream (five years) and extended support (five years). On Long Term Servicing branches, customers will have the flexibility to deliver security updates and fixes via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) which allows full control over the internal distribution of updates using existing management solutions such as System Center Configuration Manager or to receive these updates automatically via Windows Update.
Deferring Updates via the Metered Connection Option - Win 10 Home & Pro
The only way you can defer Windows Updates in Windows 10 is to set your internet connection to ‘Metered’, and is only available for Wi-Fi connections. This can be done by clicking on the search bar and typing ‘Change Wi-Fi Settings’. Select this when it appears in the search results, and once loaded you can change the metered option. Simply deactivate this if you wish to install updates.
If you wish to install updates, simply deactivate this option.
Disable Updates via Group Policy Editor - Win 10 Pro Only
You can permanently disable updates in Windows 10 Professional only using the Group Policy Editor. To do this, you will need to
(at your own risk)
in the run dialog box, and press OK
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Updates
Select and disable
'Configure Automatic Updates'
Information regarding Windows 10 Updates