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News hardware & software 05 April 2019, 18:01

author: Aquma

Microsoft Drops Forced Windows 10 Updates

Microsoft has decided to stop forcing users to update the Windows 10 OS. The latest version of the OS will hand over the control of the process to the user, enabling them to decide when to download and install new patches.

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Microsoft announces changes in the Windows 10 update system.

IN A NUTSHELL:

  1. Windows 10 will stop forcing updates on users;
  2. The system will also allow us to pause the download of the patches;
  3. The system is supposed to learn how to intelligently adjust the time of installing the update to our style of computer use;
  4. Microsoft promises to be more careful when testing patches.

Microsoft decided not to force updates in Windows 10. We will also be able to pause patch downloads, even after manually checking their availability and deciding to install them. The feature will be introduced in the large May patch for the latest Windows system (according to earlier reports, it was supposed to appear in April, but it seems that its launch has been delayed).

The system will inform users about the availability of updates, but it will be up to us to decide when - and if at all - they will be installed. If we select the appropriate option, we will also be able to pause the update process for up to 35 days (one pause will delay the process for seven days, but you can repeat this step up to five times). The function will be available in all editions of Windows 10 (also in Home).

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New update settings window. Source: Microsoft.

It is worth noting that Windows will continue to automatically install the so-called "feature update". (patches introducing new features) when the version used by a user ceases to be officially supported. The exact moment depends on the so-called "life cycle" of the system - in general, support is withdrawn after about 18 months, which means that users with the October 2017 version (Fall Creator's Update) will have to install the upcoming update.

Windows 10 will also learn how to intelligently match the patch installation time to our style of computer use, so that, even without manual control, the process should become less burdensome for the users. Microsoft also promises to be more careful when testing updates to avoid problems similar to those that accompanied the release of the last major patch.

  1. Microsoft - official website
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