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(Last Updated On: June 29, 2020)

Microsoft will not be allowing users to put off Windows 10 update downloads manually anymore, as a way of preventing confusion, new documentation issued by the firm said.

The update deferral facility had first been introduced by Windows 10 1703 and lets users push back feature updates for a certain amount of time, up to 365 days max.

Windows 10 2004 users though, will not be at the same level of control anymore, with Advanced Update options have been lessened to the power to pausing all updates for 35 days. 

Thus far, users of Windows 10 Pro, Education and Enterprise have had access for the option of deferring the two biannual Windows 10 updates, unless the support devices current version will be revoked soon.

The users of Windows 10 2004 had first noted the option had been withdrawn after the May 2020 update, after which WindowsTimes found that Microsoft had adjusted documentation for IT professionals that run the OS.

“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,” reads the updated document.

“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.”

Although, in an effort to head off complaints from facility uses, Microsoft has developed an updated deferral that can still be arranged by business users of Windows 10 through group policies.

The company has offered users advice if they still wish to take advantage of the deferral feature:

“If you wish 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).”


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