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  • Patch Lady – Simplification in the GUI

    Posted on May 3rd, 2018 at 01:21 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In the 1803 release Microsoft made some changes in the Windows update section to make it more streamlined and simple.  Bottom line that entire section in the Pro sku where inside the GUI you could push off the Feature update up to 365 days isn’t there anymore.  Kinda.  Well at least in the GUI it’s gone.  But the good news is under the hood it’s still there.

    The streamlining means you only have pause for 7 days as a GUI option.  You can see the changes here:

    https://www.windowscentral.com/whats-new-settings-app-windows-10-april-2018-update#update_settings_windows10_1893

    It is thankfully still fully available to be adjusted by using local group policy or registry keys.

    However it obviously isn’t quite as standalone user friendly as it used to be.  To adjust this using the local group policy editor, IF YOU HAVE THE PRO SKU and 1803 (which if you want to control updates you must have) in the search box type in gpedit.  Click to launch the local group policy editor that is offered up.  Find the Local Computer policy, then computer configuration and open up the administrative templates tab.  Find the windows components section and scroll all the way down to Windows updates.  Now find the Windows update for business folder in the right hand side of the pane and click to expand.  You’ll see the select when preview builds and feature updates are received.  Open it up.  Enable the setting and choose semi-annual channel and then you can choose to push off feature updates for up to 365 days.

    So the same deferral is still there in 1803, but not quite as easy to find the settings as 1709 if you are using a standalone Windows 10 pro sku.

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