Newest version of Windows 10 removes update deferral options in settings

Written 7 days ago by IanDorfman

In a move that will pose controversial for enterprise users, version 2004 of Microsoft's flagship Windows 10 operating system has removed the ability to defer from installing updates in its built-in settings application.

Microsoft put out the following statement in its documentation (as seen here via GitHub):

"Last year, we changed update installation policies for Windows 10 to only target devices running a feature update version that is nearing 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.

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)."

This removal of more granular control over when your enterprise's machines install updates that may break compatibility with apps important to your business's productivity is something to consider before pushing out version 2004 of Small Windows 10 iconWindows 10. Other options to consider include switching to an operating system that enables to exercise full control over what is installed and when, such as Small Red Hat Enterprise Linux iconRed Hat Enterprise Linux.

Further coverage:
The Windows Times