Select when Feature Updates are received

Enable this policy to specify what type of feature updates to receive, and when.

The branch readiness level for each new Windows 10 feature update is initially considered a "Current Branch" (CB) release, to be used by organizations for initial deployments. Once Microsoft has verified the feature update should be considered for enterprise deployment, it will be declared a branch readiness level of "Current Branch for Business" (CBB).

You can defer receiving feature updates for up to 180 days.

To prevent feature updates from being received on their scheduled time, you can temporarily pause feature updates. The pause will remain in effect for 60 days or until you clear the start date field.

To resume receiving Feature Updates which are paused, clear the start date field.

If you disable or do not configure this policy, Windows Update will not alter its behavior.

Note: If the "Allow Telemetry" policy is set to 0, this policy will have no effect.


Supported on: At least Windows 10 Server or Windows 10
Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
Value NameDeferFeatureUpdates
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0

Select the branch readiness level for the feature updates you want to receive:


  1. Current Branch
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
    Value NameBranchReadinessLevel
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value16
  2. Current Branch for Business
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
    Value NameBranchReadinessLevel
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value32

After a feature update is released, defer receiving it for this many days:

Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
Value NameDeferFeatureUpdatesPeriodInDays
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Default Value0
Min Value0
Max Value180
Pause Feature Updates starting

Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
Value NameDeferFeatureUpdates
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Default Value

(format yyyy-mm-dd example: 2016-09-16)


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