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  • The ability to defer updates in Win10 version 1903

    Posted on March 13th, 2019 at 14:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We still don’t know what defer options Win10 version 1903 will have.  So understand, right up front, that this is speculation.

    Last week I raged about the apparent demise of deferral options in Win10 1903 Pro. Ends up, my vituperations were premature. I was working with a copy of the Win10 1903 beta that had been updated repeatedly. One theory has it that, once you click on Check for updates, the beta version of Win10 1903 changes its options. Be that as it may, people who have installed Win10 1903 from the latest ISO versions are seeing something different. @teroalhonnen was the first to nudge me and say that what I saw is not what everyone sees.

    Meh.

    Leopeva64, posting on Reddit and on Tenforums, has carefully constructed clean versions of Win10 version 1903, Pro and Home. He managed to install both without enrolling in the Insider program.

    Here’s what Pro looks like, in the latest latest test version:

    You can see a video on Reddit here.

    Here’s what Home looks like:

    You can see a much more legible video on Reddit here.

    If Microsoft ships Win10 version 1903 with the current arrangement, Win10 Home users will be able to Pause updates for 35 days. That’s tremendous – it gives you the ability to push off patches until the next month’s cumulative update appears. Win10 Pro users lost the ability to choose channels (SAC, SAC-T, Current Branch for Business, whatever), but the ability to defer “feature updates” (which is to say, version changes) for 200 days or more will help.

    Maybe Win10 1903 will be worthwhile after all….

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     rc primak 1 week, 4 days ago.

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    • #341275 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      We still don’t know what defer options Win10 version 1903 will have.  So understand, right up front, that this is speculation. Last week I raged about
      [See the full post at: The ability to defer updates in Win10 version 1903]

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    • #341375 Reply

      alQamar
      AskWoody_MVP

      in the insider rings you are right there are no deferals else these presented for Home.
      Applies to 19H1 slow / fast and 20H1.
      I cannot get the adv. options to display. This might be limited to Insider. I have not yet seen a copy for non insider ISO BUT the new build b18356.1 has no watermark – so probably a semi-final – wohoo!

      • #341380 Reply

        joep517
        AskWoody MVP

        You need to perform a clean install to get those options. The normal Insiders Builds do not get these deferral options because they are previews which Microsoft needs to be tested. A large deferral time would defeat the purpose of the Insider program.

        --Joe

    • #341382 Reply

      anonymous

      Is it safe to assume if one is on Win10-Home and you pause updates for 35 days (if the option stays as 35 days in 1903 RTM), once the pause ends, will you not get all updates missing even if a update came out the same day your pause ended?

      • #341387 Reply

        joep517
        AskWoody MVP

        It is not safe to assume anything since nothing remotely official from Microsoft has been posted.

        --Joe

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      • #341651 Reply

        rc primak
        AskWoody_MVP

        Presently in Pro, if you use Pause Updates, you get a one-time deferral. Upon un-Pausing updates, everything comes down and installs, even over a “metered” connection. This behavior may be what will be ported to the Home Edition now.

        -- rc primak

    • #341395 Reply

      UncleRemus83
      AskWoody Lounger

      Can I just say how ridiculous I continue to find it that we’re supposed to get excited about having even the illusion of control over when updates are installed?  I am constantly amazed at functionality that in Windows 10 that isn’t even at parity with stuff found in Windows 95 is hyped by Microsoft.

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    • #341406 Reply

      samak
      AskWoody Plus

      Am I missing something here? The second screenshot for Home still shows “Pause updates for 7 days”. How does that tie in to “Win10 Home users will be able to Pause updates for 35 days.”? The first screenshot shows 35 days but that is Pro according to the report.

      W7 SP1 Home Premium 64-bit, Office 2010, Group B, non-techie

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    • #341433 Reply

      anonymous

      It’s under advanced options, pause for up to 35 days.

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      • #341535 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        A very confusing state of affairs — one click for 7 days, two clicks for 35 days — but if that’s all we get, I’ll live with it.

    • #341466 Reply

      Steve S.
      AskWoody Plus

      Why do I keep getting this feeling that a rope that was innocently lying on the ground back when GWX started, has, in maginally tolerable steps, been slowly moved closer and closer and is now beginning to chafe around my neck?

      Win7 Pro x64 (Group B), Win10 Pro x64 1809, Linux Mint + a cat with 'tortitude'.

    • #341477 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      I wish to know if GPEdit settings on Windows 10 Pro 1903 has changed as well.

      • #341519 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        They have to – and in the current beta builds, they are different. Primary reason: There’s no “Current Branch for Business” or “SAC- no T” branch. So you can’t set a branch, and the “feature update” (version change) deferral must be based on the number of days since the new version was released – not since it was declared “suitable for business.”

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        • #341652 Reply

          rc primak
          AskWoody_MVP

          It’s probably not an issue for most of us. Those Channels got new names every time Nadella changed his underwear, so they were not very useful at best. Now at least it will be clear there is only one way to defer Feature Updates, and that is by setting a Number of Days. Much less confusing.

          -- rc primak

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