How to block the Windows 10 November 2019 Update, version 1909, from installing
While Windows 10 version 1909 reminds me of an old-fashioned Service Pack — an update that squashes lots of bugs while tying together pieces that rattle when they run — you must keep in mind that the package includes updates for most parts of Windows. As such, it’s an upgrade that should be treated with respect — and some amount of trepidation.
My guess — no, my fervent hope — is that Windows 10 version 1909 will prove itself to be rock-solid sooner rather than later. But while you’re waiting for the inevitable screams of pain to subside, you should take these steps to make sure you aren’t accidentally swept up in an unwanted upgrade.
Step 1. What version are you running?
The method for blocking unwanted version upgrades varies greatly depending on which version of Windows 10 you’re running. To find out, click Start > Settings (the gear icon) > System, and on the left side at the bottom, click About.
You’ll see something like this screenshot:
Take note of both the edition (Pro, Home, Education, Enterprise) and the version.
If your computer is connected to a network that has an update server (such as WSUS or SCCM), you don’t have any control over your version — the network admin gets to sweat this one out. But if you’re connected to a normal network, or not connected at all, read on. Enterprise and Education users who aren’t connected to a network with an update server can follow along with the Pro instructions below.
Step 2. If you’re on version 1803 (or earlier!), it’s time to move on.
For Home and Pro customers, the last security updates for Windows 10 version 1803 arrive on November 12, 2019. That means you should feel comfortable running 1803 until the next Patch Tuesday — December 10 — but your days are numbered.
For Windows 10 Pro users, there’s a weird pirouette you can perform that will move you to a genuine, completely legitimate, copy of Windows 10 version 1809. It involves setting the correct feature update deferral in the Windows Update advanced options pane. I have full details in “