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      • #2210544 Reply
        woody
        Da Boss

        Microsoft says it won’t be pushing any new non-security patches (although they just pushed one about an hour ago). We have been evaluating the public
        [See the full post at: Microsoft pauses non-security patches]

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      • #2210557 Reply
        IndyPilot80
        AskWoody Lounger

        Hmm. Interesting. KB4541335 just showed up in WSUS. Wonder if this is a “Ohh, come on, just one more before we have to stop”.

        Edit: Just saw then are planning to “pause” starting in May.

        • This reply was modified 5 months, 4 weeks ago by IndyPilot80.
      • #2210566 Reply
        abbodi86
        AskWoody_MVP

        It means we will still have non-security updates in April
        and from May, it will be halted… until they decide to resume it

        this doesn’t mean Win10 security cumulatives won’t have new non-security fixes
        but they will be minimized

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        • #2210588 Reply
          woody
          Da Boss

          Now THAT makes sense.

          I wonder why they didn’t just come out and say it?

      • #2210605 Reply
        EP
        AskWoody_MVP

        they did say it, woody

        Timing for upcoming Windows optional C and D releases

        We have been evaluating the public health situation, and we understand this is impacting our customers. In response to these challenges we are prioritizing our focus on security updates. Starting in May 2020, we are pausing all optional non-security releases (C and D updates) for all supported versions of Windows client and server products (Windows 10, version 1909 down through Windows Server 2008 SP2).

        BleepingComputer article – Microsoft Pauses Optional Windows Cumulative Updates Starting in May
        https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-pauses-optional-windows-cumulative-updates-starting-in-may/

        • This reply was modified 5 months, 4 weeks ago by EP.
        • This reply was modified 5 months, 4 weeks ago by EP.
        • #2210643 Reply
          woody
          Da Boss

          MS said that they will no longer be issuing C and D week updates.

          They didn’t say they were reducing the number of non-security patches in B week updates. That’s what Abbodi said.

          I’m skeptical because there’s no way MS will stop ALL non-security updates. Some of them will have to come through. But apparently they’ll arrive in the B Week Patch Tuesday crop.

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      • #2210822 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        I think you are missing the whole point.

        With the increased web traffic from the Stay-at-home situation- many large internet based businesses are being asked to- or proactively taking preventive steps to scale back their traffic footprints.  See Youtube/Netflix in lower quality etc.   This is simply MS trying to be a good citizen and reduce it’s pushes to only most critical updates during this crisis.  Don’t read more into it than that.

        • #2210837 Reply
          anonymous
          Guest

          Then Microsoft could clearly communicate that in a statement. They did not. You have read that for them. The need you describe is now, the adjustment is the 3rd week of May, eight weeks from now.

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        • #2210841 Reply
          woody
          Da Boss

          Windows patches as a percentage of total online traffic puts a new “u” in minuscule.

          The goal is improved stability. I think. It’s a noble goal.

          As far as reduced online traffic… well, OK, that’s great. Can’t argue with it.

          • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by woody.
      • #2210852 Reply
        woody
        Da Boss

        AN OFFICIAL UPDATE: On Twitter, a few minutes ago, the official @WindowsUpdate account said:

        That sounds right to me.

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      • #2211406 Reply
        dmt_3904
        AskWoody Plus

        So I’ve lost track of the March updates. We are still on Defcon 2, correct?  I have quality updates deferred for 30 days & Group Policy settings to ask for download prior to installing.  Should I pause updates before, I don’t know what is the date for 30 days, April 14th? I’m thinking if I don’t pause, they will appear after 30 days.  Which, I can leave sitting there, but I don’t want to do that.  thanks.

        • #2211411 Reply
          PKCano
          Da Boss

          We are still on DEFCON-2 (See top of the website).
          WAIT for DEFCON-3 or greater.

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          • #2211762 Reply
            dmt_3904
            AskWoody Plus

            ok. But I still have a couple questions:   if we are still at Defcon 2 and 30 day deferral runs out, the updates will appear?  And then I can leave them there until I choose to download (I have set group policy for that).  Or, I can Pause and once I remove that, anything that is out there will download automatically.

            Sorry, don’t mean to be dense, just want to make sure I understand what happens when we have deferral days set and we go past that deferral date. thanks!

            • #2211767 Reply
              PKCano
              Da Boss

              I have Quality deferral set at 0 days and the GP setting at “2”. When the updates appear in the WU queue on Patch Tuesday, they will sit there until I click on the “Download” button. I have never set Quality deferral otherwise, but I assume you will see the same behavior (this is not a guarantee from first-hand knowledge, it is a guess).

              If you set “Pause,” I do know that at the end of the pause period that the updates will download/install without respecting the GP setting of “2” (unless maybe you have Metered Connections set). Again, this is just my personal experience. I do not use “Pause” for that reason, as I have the Pro version. But Home version doesn’t have any other choice.

              There is more info in AKB2000016.

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              • #2211780 Reply
                dmt_3904
                AskWoody Plus

                thank you, that makes sense. i will leave my settings as is and not pause.

      • #2211531 Reply
        125dmkcir
        AskWoody Plus

        Microsoft should just continue to support version 1809 which they forced me to upgrade to.  It works.  How many time do I need to say that.  I don’t need to be forced to migrate to 1909  in May with all the issues while I am “working from home”  I was happy on 1803.  Just leave me alone for a while.

        • #2273175 Reply
          Microfix
          AskWoody MVP

          Already news to some prior to today’s update, Microsoft have updated (17th June 2020) their lifecycle support for v1809 which will be extended to the 10th November 2020 due to the pandemic. So, you should be ok for a while yet but, then what?

          Keep an eye out for the heads up on the latest v2004 iso via MCT nearer the release time of v2009 here on askwoody 😉

          Having typed that, v2009 will only be a minor feature update so, theoretically should be ok by then.

          Win8.1 Pro x64 + Linux Hybrids x86/x64 + Win7 Pro x86/64 O/L
      • #2211535 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Microsoft should just continue to support version 1809 which they forced me to upgrade to.  It works.  How many time do I need to say that.  I don’t need to be forced to migrate to 1909  in May with all the issues while I am “working from home”  I was happy on 1803.  Just leave me alone for a while.

        No one has forced you to anything. You could blocked Windows 10 updates like in Windows 7, but without security patches.

      • #2273170 Reply
        EP
        AskWoody_MVP

        well woody it looks like Microsoft is gonna UN-pause or resume the Optional updates in July 2020 as recently announced here (uh-oh):

        https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/windows-message-center

        Resuming optional Windows 10 and Windows Server non-security monthly updates

        In March, we announced that we would pause optional non-security update releases (also referred to as “C” and “D” releases) for all supported versions of Windows client and Windows Server to give organizations time to focus on business continuity in the face of the global pandemic. Based on your feedback and the increase in standard business operations, we will resume optional releases beginning in July 2020 for Windows 10, version 1809 and Windows Server, version 1809 and later. This will, once again, provide you with validated, production-quality “Preview” releases that you can use to test planned non-security fixes targeted for the next month’s Update Tuesday (or “B”) release.

        • This reply was modified 3 months ago by EP.
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        • #2273220 Reply
          woody
          Da Boss

          Lemme see if I understand this.

          People running Win10 1809 are less affected by the pandemic, so they should have optional non-security patches?

          That makes a whole lotta sense. Yessiree bob.

          UPDATE: OOOPS. Nevermind. I just read the full announcement. Looks like the optional, non-security patches — now called the “Cumulative Update Previews” — will be coming for 1809 and later.

          • This reply was modified 3 months ago by woody.
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