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#1 Aura

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 07:50 AM

Your Windows 10 system may have a Defer upgrades option for Windows Update. This option delays feature upgrades for several months while allowing security updates through.

Enabling this option puts your Windows 10 PC on the Current branch for business. Its intended for business users who want to wait a bit longer before getting new features on their PCs.


What Does Defer Upgrades in Windows 10 Mean?

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The Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10 all have the Defer upgrades option. Windows 10 Home the standard version of Windows 10 youll get on most new PCs does not have this option.

Note that the Professional edition of Windows 10 doesnt actually use this option by default youll still have to enable it yourself.


Feature upgrades can only be delayed several months. Its unclear exactly how many months these upgrades will be deferred for. But it is clear that you cant defer these upgrades indefinitely.


You can defer updates to ensure theyll receive more testing before they make it to your PCs. Enabling the Defer upgrades option puts your PC on the Current branch for business.


And a good explanation of the different branches.

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 08:40 AM

Note that the Professional edition of Windows 10 doesnt actually use this option by default youll still have to enable it yourself

 

Will this option be available when Windows 10 notifies you the download is ready for installation ?

 

Could one also "HIDE" this update and after a length of time install this update through "Restore Hidden Updates" ??

 

 

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 09:12 AM

Will this option be available when Windows 10 notifies you the download is ready for installation ?


Back on Windows 7, the "defer" option appeared after the updates were installed, and it asked you to restart your computer (you could defer that to up to 4 hours). On Windows 8/8.1, it didn't ask you to defer the restart, it would instead install the updates on the next reboot. On Windows 10, I imagine that they'll keep the same concept as under Windows 8/8.1. Which means that once the updates are installed, they won't install until the next reboot of the system.

Could one also "HIDE" this update and after a length of time install this update through "Restore Hidden Updates" ??


Since the old Windows Update interface seems to still be available, I think it's possible.

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