Microsoft kills one of its best Windows 10 update loopholes

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As Microsoft continues to roll out its latest Windows 10 version 2004 update for consumers and businesses, it appears that it is removing some key benefits of having a non-home version of the operating system, primarily the ability to delay major updates. First seen by WindowsTimesMicrosoft has quietly reduced the amount of time Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education users can manually delay updates, from 365 days to just 35 days, which is the current amount of time home users have.

According to Microsoft, this change is intentional. The company wants to “avoid confusion” so that all devices running Windows 10 can take full advantage of a policy change it instituted last year: They only target devices running a major update version that is about to end service . That means if you haven’t updated in a while, regardless of what version of Windows you have, you will have to update.

However, Microsoft appears to have anticipated some potential pullback prior to this change; Business users can still defer updates through Group Policy settings. Microsoft says:

“If you want to continue taking advantage of deferrals, you can use Local Group Policy (Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Windows Update> Windows Update for Business> Select when preview versions and feature updates are received or Select when quality updates are received) “.

Microsoft also quietly changed the location of the Windows 10 menu New beginning feature in version 2004, which caused some confusion as to whether the feature had been removed entirely or not.

The problem with Microsoft removing or reducing the ability of Windows 10 users to manually defer major updates is that there may be errors causing instability that have not yet been fixed. TechRadar recently reported on a bug in versions 1903 and 1909 This causes some computers to restart randomly with a warning message “Your PC will automatically restart in one minute.” And those versions released less than a year ago.

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Version 1903 also had other frequent problems. The update could break the discrete functionality of the GPU on Surface Book 2s. Some versions of Qualcomm and Realtek device drivers were not compatible with the update. Some users with an Intel audio controller experienced faster battery consumption than normal. Oh, and let’s not forget the mistake it caused high CPU usageor a more recent error that prevented device drivers from loading correctly. I need to continue?

Microsoft ‘mitigated’ some of these issues by automatically blocking upgrading of affected products to Windows 10 1903, but that left people who had already upgraded and passed the 30 day SOL reversal window. They are stuck with the bugs until Microsoft releases a new version that fixes them.

But infamously, the Windows 10 October 2018 update version 1809 was delayed a month because a fatal mistake deleted user files after upgrade. And always after fixing that there was another important mistake that overwritten extracted zip files Without any confirmation. Microsoft was able to issue patches and resume the release of version 1809 in November 2018.

If you want to see everything that Microsoft has fixed or has not yet fixed with any of its versions of Windows 10, you can see that here. And wait as long as possible before applying the 2004 version update if you haven’t already. My computer tells me “Windows 10 May 2020 update is on the way”, but I will not update until my operating system forces me to … and I will have to pray that nothing goes wrong.