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  • New Windows 10 Windows Update explained

    Posted on June 1st, 2019 at 14:28 joep517 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Ed Bott of ZDNet has published an article explaining the ins and outs of the new/revised Windows Update debuting with the Windows 10 May update (aka 19H1, version 1903) – Windows 10 version 1903: When will you get the next big feature update?. Don’t pay attention to the title there is an in-depth explanation of the Windows Update changes.

    As usual, Windows 10 Home users come out on the short end. They can not automatically defer any updates. All updates may be paused for a week at a time up to 35 days. On versions that have not yet reached their end-of-service date, feature updates are offered but are not installed automatically.

    Windows 10 Pro users can set deferral policies for both quality and feature updates. You can set these Windows Update for Business policies using the Windows 10 Settings app or by applying Group Policy.

    Enterprise and Education users have the same deferral policies as Pro users. Additionally, there is a 36-month servicing period for some versions.

    The biggest change though is that if you are running Home or Pro when a version nears its end-of-service date Microsoft will automatically upgrade the machine to the current release. In other words, end-of-service trumps deferral. Also, note that effective June 2019 there is only one servicing channel for Windows 10. That is the semi-annual channel.

    There is much more detail in the article. It behooves every Windows 10 user to read it.