Windows 10 Creators Update is here now – but here's how you can delay installing it
Windows 10 Creators Update is finally here.
Microsoft has begun rolling out its latest huge upgrade to Windows 10, bringing a huge number of new improvements and additions to PC, tablet and mobile users.
The update will now become available to users around the world over the next few days, with Windows providing its usual prompts and download alerts.
The company was heavily criticised for its over-zealous upgrade for the initial version of Windows 10, which saw users sent repeated and intrusive alerts to download the new software.
This tactic re-appeared, albeit a lot less aggressively, with last year’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but if you’re not looking to upgrade just yet, here is Express.co.uk’s guide to how to delay the Creators Update install.
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Microsoft is managing the rollout and download schedule of Windows 10 Creators Update using its Windows Update service.
This can be access through the Settings > Update & Security menu to display a rundown of how your device will encounter and install any future updates.
Postponing the Windows 10 Creators Update requires the activation of a ‘Defer feature updates’ service.
This can delay the download for up to 60 days, or allow you to set a specific date to install.
To postpone Windows 10 Creators Update, head to the Update & Security menu, then under "Update settings,” click Advanced options, then select the ‘Defer feature updates’ option.
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Updates can be altered via the Windows Update menu
If you do want to install Windows 10 Creators Update soon, but would prefer to set exactly what time to download, there’s also an option for that.
On the Windows Update menu, click on ‘Restart options’, under Update settings.
Then, turn off the ’Schedule a time’ option, which will let you pick a time and date to start installing the update.
You can set any time you like, but only up to six days in advance.
This option will stop Windows 10 restarting your PC at unwanted time
This feature is particularly useful as from today, Windows 10 Creators Update could download onto your device at any time.
When this happens, the software will also set a schedule to apply the new version outside of your "active hours" schedule.
However if you are still using your device at this time, the download could start without warning, potentially losing your valuable work or gaming progress.
Luckily, Microsoft has this covered to, as clicking on "change active hours" in the same menu brings up to option to prevent your computer from restarting when you're actively using the device.
Windows 10 will always check to confirm the download, so hopefully this will bring an end to unwanted restarts for good.
Windows 10 Creators Update is Microsoft’s biggest release for some time, marking the company’s next significant upgrade.
Creators Update brings a wide range of new additions, tools and upgrade to your software, with a particular focus on the media and design industries.
You can check out Express.co.uk’s guide to the top features to look out for in Windows 10 Creators Update here.