Bytes: The Windows 10 Creators Update is coming this spring. Microsoft hasn’t announced the final release date, yet. But Windows Insiders have had access to the release candidate for several days.Are you eager to play with the Creators Update? Or would you rather pass on it for as long as you can? We’ll show you how to get the next major Windows 10 update on your own schedule.
Try It Right Now: Become an Insider
Join the Insider Program
To “become one of the first to see future updates and improvements to Windows,” including the Windows Creators Update, open the Settings app (Windows key + I) and head to Update & security > Windows Insider Program.
Before you hit the Get Started button, make sure to Link a Microsoft account to your system. You’ll need it to join the Insider Program. Next, sign up for the Insider program here. Then, finally, you can switch over from the public to the insider build.
To install the Insider Preview, you might have to head to Settings > Privacy > Feedback & diagnostics to set the degree to which Windows shares Diagnostic and usage data with Microsoft to Full (Recommended).
Note: We don’t recommend running the Insider Preview on a machine you depend on for work. To be safe, prepare a system image before you switch.
Manage Your Insider Settings
Once in the Insider program, you can switch to the Slow Ring to slightly delay updates. This is a compromise that puts you on the safe side in case Microsoft releases an unstable build.
To do this, go to Settings > Windows Insider Program and change the pace of getting new builds from Fast to Slow.
Note: Rolling back to a public build essentially means reinstalling that version of Windows. Alternatively, you can Pause updates for a bit.
Upgrade ASAP: Prepare Windows 10 1607
Furthermore, make sure you didn’t Defer feature updates. Open the Settings app and go to Update & security > Windows Update > Advanced options.
Finally, if you’re using Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise, make sure you’ve downloaded and installed all recent Windows updates. Head back to Windows Update and Check for updates.
Eventually, Windows will give you the option to initiate the upgrade from Windows 10 version 1607, the Anniversary Update, to version 1703, the Creators Update. Keep checking for updates through the Settings app and be patient.
For the impatient: We will update this section once Microsoft releases the ISO files for the Creators Update.
Avoid the Upgrade: Defer Feature Updates
Maybe you’d rather not be among the first to upgrade to the next version of Windows. If you’ve had bad experiences with the Anniversary Update, it’s wise to wait. So if you feel the urge to prevent Windows from upgrading you automatically, here’s what you can do.
Note: To check which edition and build of Windows 10 you’re running, right-click Start (or press Windows key + X) to launch the Quick Access menu, also known as power user menu. From there, open System, and check what it says next to Edition.
Windows 10 Professional Edition
As mentioned above, the Anniversary Update offers the option to Defer feature updates. Open Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Advanced options and check the respective box.
Windows 10 Home Edition
If you’re running Windows 10 Home, you won’t see the option to defer feature updates. Your only option to avoid the Creators Update is to shut down Windows Update. The easiest way for Home users to do this is to set your internet connection to metered. (Professional users have additional options.)
Connect to your Wi-Fi network. Then open Settings > Network & internet > Wifi, click the Wifi network you’re connected to, and under Metered connection flip the switch from Off to On. Now Windows will not download updates via this connection.
Unfortunately, you cannot set your Ethernet connection to metered unless you’re willing to use a batch file workaround. Remember, as soon as you connect to a Wi-Fi network that you didn’t set to metered, Windows will automatically check for updates and download them. Keep this in mind when you switch networks with your computer.