New Windows Update Options

With the new era of Windows as a service, Microsoft is rolling out changes to the operating system twice a year. Many of those changes will allow you to improve your security and offer more security choices. You no longer have to wait for a new operating system to deploy new security features.

Windows 10 1903

Changes to Windows update

The changes to Windows update and Windows update for business include key abilities to control updates that have been missing in the past. Now you can pause updates for all versions of Windows, including Home. Home version users may pause any updates for seven days. Pro version users continue to have the option to defer feature releases up to 365 days. Windows provides more visual clues that an update is pending on reboot.

A small yellow dot next to the power icon is a new visual clue that indicates an update will install when your computer reboots. Active hours will be more responsive to your actual working hours and not reboot the computer while you are using it.

There are changes in Windows update for Business. The terms of “Semi Annual Channel” and “Semi Annual Targeted” have been removed. No longer will there be a designation that Windows 10 1903 is ready for business. Instead, you determine your deferral period from when the release came out.

You will need to revisit your Windows update for business policies as a result and set a deferral to a point in time that you deem that you will be ready for Windows 10 1903. My recommendation is to set a deferral period to an extreme point in the future: Select 365 days for your deferral. Then when you are ready to deploy 1903, you can reset this value to 0 to trigger the installs. You will want to review your Windows Update for Business settings for the new changes in 1903.