I have my updates on Windows 10 Education set to the Semi-Annual Channel and the defer time for both feature updates as well as quality updates are set to 0 days.

Despite this I'm stuck at Version 1709 (Fall creators update) although according to this document from Microsoft Version 1803 is available since 10 July 2018 on the Semi-Annual Channel.

Furthermore I have noticed that Windows starts downloading Version 1803 if I stay on the Semi-Annual Channel and set the defer times to 1 day which makes no sense to me but at least shows that my system seems to have no general incompatibility with 1803.

Therefore I have two question:

  • What could be a reason that I don't get update 1803? Is there anything besides the update channel and defer time that influences this?
  • How can a higher number of update defer days lead to the installation of new updates?

Just to clarify: I'm not asking how I can install update 1803 (I know that I can either force it by manually installing from the ISO or I can set the number of defer days to 1 and install it that way). Instead I'm interested in what could have prevented the update when defer days was set to 0 and why it is offered when I increase the number of defer days.

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    "What could be a reason that I don't get update 1803?' - It's likely due to you using Education. The way you could verify this is, download the current Windows 10 Education 1803 ISO, perform the upgrade to 1803, and then verify if you are offered 1809. – Ramhound Mar 19 '19 at 21:34
  • I don't think it is due to using Education because my brother uses an Education version as well and he got update 1803 and even 1809 since he is on "Semi-Annual (targeted)". I will not get 1809 currently anyway since it isn't released yet for the "Semi-Annual Channel" but only for "Semi-Annual Channel (targeted)". – AlbertM Mar 19 '19 at 21:44
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    Try my suggestion. There might be hardware that is blocking 1803. I also know if you have Developer mode on that blocks 1803+. My suggestion will provide the reason 1803 is being blocked... – Ramhound Mar 19 '19 at 22:13
  • Thanks for the suggestion, I have developer mode activated, so this is very likely the reason. I will try what you suggested as soon as I have time tomorrow. – AlbertM Mar 19 '19 at 22:20
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    I am 100% positive, you will find, that Developer Mode actually is the issue. – Ramhound Mar 19 '19 at 23:29

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