The giant Creators Update to Windows 10will get pushed to your PC before the end of the month, and if you\u2019re not careful the software will come your way at the worst possible time.\nMaybe you\u2019re facing a drop dead deadline, or about to board a flight \u2013 and Windows will make you stop what you\u2019re doing and order you not to turn off your machine. Or maybe the gigabytes of code will come when you\u2019re using your smartphone as a hotspot, and they\u2019ll eat up every bit of your data allotment, costing you real money.\nBut there are ways to avoid, or at least manage, this process. Here are three steps you can take right now.\n\n\t\n\n Thinkstock\nChange active hours\nSince the Anniversary Update of last summer, Windows 10 has had a setting called \u201cActive Hours,\u201d which lets you tell the operating system when you typically use your computer and don\u2019t want to bothered with an update. It\u2019s not a perfect solution; you\u2019ll still get the update and the setting only lets you block out 12 hours a day. (Hey Microsoft, many of us work longer hours at unpredictable times.)\nStill, it\u2019s a useful trick to know and it\u2019s easy to setup.\nGo to the start menu and click on Settings. Look for Update and Security. Then click or tap (if you\u2019re using a touch screen) Settings. You\u2019ll see Windows Update and then choose the setting for Active Hours. There\u2019s a pair of box of boxes that let you set the hours you\u2019ll be using the PC. Click Save and you\u2019re done. If Save is grayed out, you\u2019ve probably set the time incorrectly, so take another look.\n\n\t\n\n Thinkstock\nDefine your connection as metered\nMajor Windows enhancements like the Creators Update or last year\u2019s Anniversary Update are quite large. If your ISP limits the amount of data you can download, or if you\u2019re working from a cellular hot spot, the update will dent or even blow through your monthly allotment. Microsoft knows that, and has added a feature that allows you to tell Windows you\u2019re on a metered connection.\nI\u2019d never suggest that someone tell a lie, but some people have been known to set up a metered connection even if they don\u2019t actually have one. Here\u2019s how you do it:\nGo to Settings, Network & Internet and then click on Wi-Fi Settings. You\u2019ve got to drill down a bit more. Look for Manage Known Networks. You\u2019ll see a list of networks; select the one you\u2019re using, go to Properties and enable the metered connection. That\u2019s a lot of steps and I wish Microsoft had made this feature a bit easier to find.\nThere has been some talk that Microsoft is going to do away with the metered connection feature, or maybe push big updates to them, but a Microsoft spokesperson told me that, \u201cWe don\u2019t plan to send large updates over metered connections, but could use this for critical fixes if needed in the future.\u201d\nUnfortunately, these steps don\u2019t work if you\u2019re connecting to the internet via Ethernet, but it\u2019s possible to set up a metered Ethernet connection by modifying your PC\u2019s registry. I don\u2019t recommend it, because it\u2019s complicated, and if done incorrectly Windows may not load. If you\u2019re comfortable editing the registry, here\u2019s a story that will walk you through the process.\n\n\t\n\n Thinkstock\n\u201cDefer\u201d the Creators Update\nThis setting is only available in Windows Pro. If you\u2019re running that version of the operating system, go to Settings, then Update and Security, and look for Advanced Options. Then choose to defer the updates. You can put it off for up to 60 days.\nI suspect that Microsoft limited this feature to the Pro version because it\u2019s more often run by businesses than consumers and there\u2019s an assumption that business needs more control over its computers. I disagree, but no one asked me.\nThese are tips to manage the download and instillation of the Creators Update. But I\u2019m not suggesting you never install it. By all accounts the upgrade has worthwhile features you\u2019ll want to use. What\u2019s more, Microsoft frequently pushes out important security updates that you shouldn\u2019t miss.\nAlthough Microsoft uses thousands of volunteer testers to try features and look for bugs, major updates often have issues, some fairly serious. So I\u2019d wait until it appears that most of the bugs have been squashed and then update your PC \u2013 at a time that\u2019s convenient for you.