However, the deferral option isn’t entirely gone, if you wish to use this option as an extra layer of assurance that the device won’t upgrade to a new version, it’s still possible to defer feature updates using Group Policy.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to defer feature updates using the Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education.
How to block new versions of Windows 10 using Group Policy
To use Group Policy to defer a Windows 10 feature update, use these steps:
Search for gpedit.msc, and click the top result to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
Browse the following path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business
Double-click the Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received policy.
Select the Enabled option.
Under the “Options” section, use the drop-down menu, and select the Semi-Annual Channel option.
Select the number of days (up to 365) to defer upgrades.
Click the Apply button.
Click the OK button.
Once you complete the steps, the system won’t download and install new feature updates, such as Windows 10 20H2 until the day you specified in the policy.