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Block Windows 10 Creators Update with Kaseya

Microsoft will unleash Windows 10 Creators Update on humanity April 11. To prevent havoc with rouge users upgrading solo you can prevent the push at least a while.

First of all: Managing Update behavior in Windows 10 is a mess. There are so many different options and forced policies that you can go insane trying to figure it out. That said there are a couple of key settings to address that will do the trick.

To delay updates in Windows 10 you must be running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education. Windows 10 Home is not supported. At least officially. But hey, if your customers and users are running Windows 10 Home you have other issues to attend to.

In this example we are using a registry file created from a Group Policy. If you are unfamiliar with Group Policy read more here.

Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Updates > Defer Windows Updates.

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Important note: There are 2 kinds of updates. Feature Updates are things like the Anniversary and Creators Update and Quality Updates are security and bugfix updates. You would like to keep Quality Updates intact, so only edit the Feature Updates.

When in “Defer Windows Updates”, double-click on “Select when Feature Updates are received” > click the radio button next to Enabled >in the Options section set the number of days to what you desire. We max out the delay which is 180 days and also checking the “Pause feature” updates box.

Also select CCB servicing branch. CB releases are transitioned to CBB after about 4 months, indicating that Microsoft, independent software vendors (ISVs), partners, and customers believe that the release is ready for broad deployment.  This will buy you time.

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The changes will appear in the registry keys located here: “[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]”.

We also disable the “Defer Upgrades” in Advanced Options. The checkbox should be filled when “[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings\DeferUpgrade] is set to 1.

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Last but not least, we will also remove that nasty advertisement in Windows 10 Update Status luring people how to get Windows 10 Creators Update in advance. The change will appear when “[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings\HideMCTLink]” is set to 1.

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Summary. We do multiple registry hacks to postpone the Creators Update. The most important one is setting the machine to be in the CCB servicing branch delaying the upgrade at least 4 months.

If you want to read more about manipulating Windows 10 Update, search for “pause feature updates” and “defer upgrades”. Here is one place to start.

We have extracted the keys to a REG file for easy deployment. Use the Kaseya Agent Procedure “Sys Mgmnt – Windows – Defer Windows 10 Upgrades” attached.

Like what you see? We also added this to the latest Upstream Kaseya Power Pack BASIC.

Happy scripting!

The Upstream team

7 April, 2017 • BY Ronny Tunfjord