In order ‘to prevent confusion,’ Microsoft removes control
With the Windows 10 2004/May Update, Microsoft is removing the ability for business users to manually defer Windows 10 feature updates using Windows Update settings.
Microsoft officials are stating that this change is being made in order to reduce confusion.
“Last year, we changed update installation policies for Windows 10 to only target devices running a feature update version that is nearing the end of service. As a result, many devices are only updating once a year. To enable all devices to make the most of this policy change, and to prevent confusion, we have removed deferrals from the Windows Update settings Advanced Options page starting on Windows 10, version 2004.”
Before the May 2020/2004 update, Pro, Education and Enterprise users could manually defer updates for 365 days using the Windows Update settings Advanced Options page.
Going forward, for users who want to retain the ability to defer feature updates manually, Microsoft suggests a different way of doing so: “to continue leveraging deferrals, you can use local Group Policy (Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business > Select when Preview builds and Feature Updates are received or Select when Quality Updates are received).”
Microsoft has been continually modifying the way the Windows 10 updating process works based on user feedback.
Currently, Microsoft makes two Windows 10 feature updates available per year. Business users have had the right to defer those updates for up to 365 days unless their devices are running a Windows 10 feature update that is nearing the end of support.
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