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  • Patch Lady – so why did I get that?

    Posted on July 22nd, 2020 at 15:58 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So two interesting things about recent patching related topics:

    Thing one:  Why is .NET installing differently than Windows 10.  So we started to get the optional non security preview patches again.  If you “check for updates” (and remember that isn’t really check for updates it’s more like sure, shove them down whether I really wanted them or not) you will get KB456900 if you have Windows 10 1903 or 1909.  The documentation states that ” Go to SettingsUpdate & SecurityWindows Update. In the Optional updates available area, you’ll find the link to download and install the update.”

    Which is exactly the same wording as the Windows 10 patch.  But that isn’t what’s happening.  I’m seeing KB4569000 pushed to me.  Furthermore because my Lenovo (and my Surface, and my other Surface and my home built machine) have 2004 pending (meaning that I get the screen that my machine isn’t quite ready for 2004, I don’t get this optional update section they are talking about.

    What optional section?

    Shouldn’t the optional patches of Windows 10 – which also have exactly the same wording and do not get pushed out if I hit “check for updates”, act the same as the optional .NET updates?  Why the difference in patching behavior?  May we have a bit of consistency please?  And note this has nothing to do with opting into the insider channel.  I am not on insider channel on this computer.

    Thing two:  Several folks have indicated that their 1809’s have recently been pushed to install 1903.  Given that servicing doesn’t end right now in July, the only thing I can think of is that a whole bunch of folks did a 365 deferral right about now this time last year.  If you are in this same boat where your plans are to jump over a version or two or three and get to 2009 (20H2) the best way to do this these days it so go into group policy or local group policy on that Windows 10 pro machine, go down to Windows update for business section, go into Select the target feature Update version, click on enabled and put in the target version value of 2009.

    For local group policy, click in the search box of Windows 10 on the bar and type in group policy.  Edit group policy will be offered up.  Click on Local Computer policy, then on Computer configuration, then on Administrative Templates, then on windows components.  Scroll down to the bottom and find Windows update.  Click on the folder called Windows Update for Business.  Now find Select the Target Feature Update version and choose the feature update you want it to hold off until.

    This works on 1803 versions or later and looks to be the better way to hold off on feature updates until you are ready for them.