Microsoft Abandons Windows 10’s Constant Forced Updates

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Microsoft announced today a major announcement: Windows 10 will no longer automatically install these important feature updates every six months. Individual users can also suspend smaller updates. In fact, Windows will even allow you to suspend updates after checking them!

It's huge. This is the biggest change in Microsoft's Windows strategy since the release of the Windows 10 release. Microsoft is abandoning "Windows as a Service", which is automatically updated outside of your control.

Here's what's changing in Windows 10

Choosing to install a feature update in Windows UpdateMicrosoft

In a blog about official Windows blogMike Fortin from Microsoft explains what's new with Windows Update:

Starting with Updated May, 2019 (previously called April 2019 Update), you will see a notification that the update is available when Microsoft thinks it is ready for your PC. However, it's up to you when and if you want to install it. Windows 10 will not just start downloading and installing without your say. You will need to click on "Download and Install Now".
When you click "Check for Updates" in Windows 10, you can choose to install the resulting updates or suspend updates for up to 35 days. This pause feature is new in Windows 10 Home Edition and was previously available only in Windows 10 Professional. Previously, Windows automatically installed updates right after verification. And yes, this also applies to security updates, stability and smaller drivers. (You can only pause for seven days at a time, but you can pause up to five times in a row.)
Windows 10 will always automatically install a feature update when your current version has reached the "end of service". This occurs approximately every 18 months – see section Windows Lifecycle Information Sheet. This means that if you were using the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 (1709), your PC would be about to install a feature update, but you would not have to install the latest updates of features. (So, yes, there are still some forced feature updates, but only once every 18 months, after many tests.)
Microsoft promises to spend more time testing feature updates. For example, Microsoft says it "will increase the time spent updating from May 2019 during the preview phase of the publication." did not spend any time in Release Preview before liberation! Unfortunately, this upcoming update has already a blue screen bug which will not be completely repaired.

Microsoft Surrenders and PC users win

Microsoft gives us – and PC users – a lot of what we asked here! We told him Windows was not a service Microsoft should give more choice to PC users. We called on Microsoft to test the updates more thoroughly than the failed update of October 2018, which deleted some people's files and had other insects. we warned people not to click on "Check for Updates" because Microsoft would treat you as a "researcher" and force updates on your PC before it has passed the tests. We told home users to have more control over the updates, including the possibility of pause updates when desired.

We were not the only ones to ask Microsoft to slow down, of course. It's as if everyone who covered Windows had done it at one time or another – for example, see The taking of Paul Thurrot. Windows 10 is finally evolving for the better.


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