Although new versions of Windows 10 no longer download and install automatically until you initiate the upgrade manually, eventually, they will. Also, on computers nearing the end of service, Windows Update will install the feature update automatically to keep devices supported. If you want to keep your device away from the new version as long as possible, Windows 10 includes various settings to prevent automatic upgrades using Group Policy or by setting a network connection as metered. In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to block Windows 10 from installing the 20H2 update on your computer.

Block Windows 10 20H2 using Group Policy Block Windows 10 20H2 on Home edition

Block Windows 10 20H2 using Group Policy

On Windows 10 Pro or Home, the version 20H2 won’t download automatically until you start the process manually. This means that if you want to prevent Windows 10 from installing the new version, the only thing you have to do is not to click the Download and Install now option in the “Windows Update” settings page. However, you can use Group Policy to block feature updates for up to 365 days since the day it was original released.

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To use Group Policy to defer a specific Windows 10 feature update, use these steps: After you complete the steps, Windows 10 won’t download and install version 20H2 until the day you specified in the policy. Group Policy Windows Update for business policies Block Windows 10 version 20H2 using Group Policy

Select target feature update

Alternatively, you can also use the “Select the target Feature Update version” policy to block the feature update.  Windows 10 no longer includes an option to defer feature updates in the Settings app, but it’s now possible to configure a new option to set the target version to stay on a specific release until it reaches the end of service, or you can specify the next version you want to upgrade. If the device is running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can use the Group Policy Editor to set target feature update version on version 1803 and later. To configure a target feature update version with Group Policy, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, Windows 10 will stay in the current version until the feature update reaches the end of service. If you specified the next feature update, then once it become available it’ll install automatically on your device. Windows Update for Business Group Policy Target feature update version of Windows 10

Block Windows 10 20H2 on Home edition

On Windows 10 Home, you don’t have access to Group Policy, but you can always set a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection as metered, which limits access to the internet, including the ability to download and install feature updates automatically.

Set Wi-Fi as metered to delay version 20H2

To set a Wi-Fi connection as metered to block Windows 10 updates, use these steps:

Set Ethernet as metered to delay version 20H2

To set a Ethernet (wired) connection as metered to block version 20H2, use these steps: Windows 10 Wi-Fi settings Set Wi-Fi connection as metered on Windows 10 This method will block all kinds of updates, which means that your device will be unprotected until you disable the metered connection. Windows 10 Ethernet settings Set Ethernet connection as metered on Windows 10 This guide outlines multiple methods to stop the next version of Windows 10 20H2 from installing automatically, but you should only use these recommendations if you know something is wrong with the update or you have a good reason not to upgrade. Although updates can introduce new problems, they’re important to safeguard your data and installation from malware and hackers.  All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.