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  1. Joined : Jan 2014
    Posts : 952
    Windows 8.1, 10
       06 Jun 2015 #31

    Cliff S said: View Post
    Pro extra's
    ...
    - BitLocker Drive Encryption
    ...
    - Group Policy editor
    - Windows Update for Business
    I think Bitlocker is a good thing for laptop users, especially those who carry them out and about, as it lets you encrypt your files and give protection if was lost or stolen. Windows 8.1 introduced device encryption for the Core version, but only if you have the right hardware (eg. your OS on a non-spinning disk).

    If I was a student carrying a laptop to lectures, drive encryption would be valuable to me, and I probably wouldn't be able to afford a Pro Pack (if that's available for Windows 10).

    I also sometimes use the group policy editor and suspect I might value the ability to have more control over updates - but 29 July may make things clearer on that front.
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  2. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,204
    Windows 10 IoT
       06 Jun 2015 #32

    Having Pro still might not be enough to have control over updates. You may also need access to "Windows Update for Business" to actually have control over what updates are installed automatically. Your updates may have to be done over a corporate network and it may be the IT guy that decides what ones get pushed to PC's. I remember reading something along these lines but can't find that info at the moment. I can't say that it's fact, as I can't find the source at the moment. All I can say is do some searching and reading before you buy Pro just to get that feature.
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  3. Joined : Jun 2015
    Dallas TX
    Posts : 38
    Windows 7 Home Premium
       06 Jun 2015 #33

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Having Pro still might not be enough to have control over updates. You may also need access to "Windows Update for Business" to actually have control over what updates are installed automatically. Your updates may have to be done over a corporate network and it may be the IT guy that decides what ones get pushed to PC's. I remember reading something along these lines but can't find that info at the moment. I can't say that it's fact, as I can't find the source at the moment. All I can say is do some searching and reading before you buy Pro just to get that feature.
    Thanks for the info . I'm a home user so I'm guessing that the corporate network aspect wouldn't apply to me but I don't know much about that part of this topic.

    I'll definitely research this before I decide next year.
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  4. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,204
    Windows 10 IoT
       06 Jun 2015 #34

    Voyager 1 said: View Post
    Thanks for the info . I'm a home user so I'm guessing that the corporate network aspect wouldn't apply to me but I don't know much about that part of this topic.

    I'll definitely research this before I decide next year.
    The key thing is that, the consumer version of Pro may get forced updates just like the Home version. What I saw was open to interpretation so I could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time either. Just a heads up, to double check all the ins and outs before you decide to pay more for the Pro version.
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  5. Joined : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 12,898
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393 Multiprocessor Free
       06 Jun 2015 #35

    @alphanumeric, was it Wikipedia?

    [93]
    Update and support system[edit]

    Windows 10 will be serviced in a significantly different manner from previous releases of Windows.[94] While Microsoft began to distribute a larger number of updates for Windows 8 that added features (such as interface improvements) beyond security patches and bug fixes, Windows 10 will adopt a tiered approach: users receive critical updates, security patches and non-critical updates to the operating system and its functionality as they are released. On Windows 10 Enterprise,[70] administrators can choose between "Current Branch for Business" (CBB) and long-term support release channels. CBB will receive all updates at the same pace as consumers, but allow administrators to delay non-critical updates to ensure they are suitable for their environment. LTSB versions of Windows 10 are periodic snapshots of Windows 10's CBB branch, and will only receive critical patches over their 10-year support lifecycle. Systems can also be placed one or two versions behind the most recent LTSB version to allow for structured deployments and internal lifecycles.[81][95][96] Stella Chernyak explained that "we have businesses [that] may have mission-critical environments where we respect the fact they want to test and stabilize the environment for a long time".[97]
    Windows 10 Home is permanently set to download and install updates automatically. Only Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 may defer updates.[64]
    Update branch Current Branch
    (CB)
    Current Branch for Business
    (CBB)
    Long-term Servicing Branches
    (LTSB)
    Editions Windows 10 Education
    Windows 10 Enterprise
    Windows 10 Home
    Windows 10 Pro
    Critical updates
    Security patches and stability updates
    Yes Deferrable for a period of time Deferrable indefinitely
    Non-critical updates
    Functionality and feature upgrades
    Yes Deferrable for a period of time Deferrable indefinitely
    Preview releases
    Beta releases through the Windows Insider Program
    Choice of fast or slow update ring
    Optional Optional or if permitted No
    Update methods Windows Update Windows Update
    Windows Update for Business
    Windows Server Update Services
    Windows Update for Business
    Windows Server Update Services
    Upgrade support Continuous updating The three most recent LTSB versions
    (periodic snapshots of CBB will be released as LTSB versions)
    Update support Lifetime The three most recent LTSB versions Five years mainstream + Five years extended
    (from release date of the LTSB version)
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  6. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,204
    Windows 10 IoT
       06 Jun 2015 #36

    It wasn't that, something like that though. Still confusing, for me anyway.

    Windows 10 Home is permanently set to download and install updates automatically. Only Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 may defer updates.

    IMHO, my take on it is. If your using Windows Home or Pro and update over the Internet through Windows Update, you won't get a choice. If your running Pro or Enterprise and connected to Windows Update for Business, you'll have options. Like I said though, I could be wrong and misunderstood what's there. You'll just have to decide for your self.
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  7. Joined : Jun 2015
    Dallas TX
    Posts : 38
    Windows 7 Home Premium
       06 Jun 2015 #37

    alphanumeric & Cliff S

    for the WU info.

    If it turns out that Win 10 Pro home users have forced WU's, I guess we'll have to live with it.

    I've preferred local control over them but that's mainly due to the past year or so of reported problematic Win 7 update incidents.
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  8. Joined : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 12,898
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393 Multiprocessor Free
       06 Jun 2015 #38

    The thing is a home user doesn't usually have to prepare a whole bunch of PCs to update at once, and for businesses and companies have to update at a certain time when the least PCs are in use, so deference is important, because of down time. Deferral indefinitely are for important infrastructure that can't be allowed to shut down for any amount of time. Personally, as a private user, I have always installed every update(only with drivers I prefer manufactures to Microsoft) and never had a problem, ever.
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  9. Joined : Jun 2015
    Dallas TX
    Posts : 38
    Windows 7 Home Premium
       06 Jun 2015 #39

    Cliff S said: View Post
    The thing is a home user doesn't usually have to prepare a whole bunch of PCs to update at once, and for businesses and companies have to update at a certain time when the least PCs are in use, so deference is important, because of down time. Deferral indefinitely are for important infrastructure that can't be allowed to shut down for any amount of time. Personally, as a private user, I have always installed every update(only with drivers I prefer manufactures to Microsoft) and never had a problem, ever.


    I've actually had very few issues with WU's with Win 7 for partly the same reason as you mentioned about Driver updates and also reading some of the forum 'net sites when "patch Tuesdays" occur. If I read some things about possible WU issues, I'll look into the specific MS WU info and decide on hiding it or delaying the install and watch for online feedback about it.

    I usually install patch Tuesday WU's on the following weekend, preceding the install's with one of my Cloning (or Imaging) processes so that I can roll back the PC fast in the event of encountering problematic WU's.

    That also allows me to check around the 'net after the patch Tuesday to see if there have been widespread reports of WU issues encountered with other users.

    I have noticed an increase in reported and posted issues with WU's since around last June-August. Perhaps that's a coincidence though but it raised my awareness about checking WU's before installing since that time.
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  10. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,204
    Windows 10 IoT
       06 Jun 2015 #40

    The Home versus Pro part just confuses things. Home is permanently set to download and install updates automatically because it can't be configured to do otherwise. No Group Policy Editor for the IT guy to change things. Home just won't work in a corporate environment. Pro can be set to get the updates from the corporate network instead of Windows update by the IT guy. Assuming you have access to that network. That's why I think you need Pro and also access to the Windows Update for Business service to have any say in what updates get installed. Just my 2 cents though.
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