Doing Windows update vs. installing new Windows version ?

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  1. TV2
    Posts : 2,010
    W10 Pro 20H2
       #11

    Mike100 said:
    What's the best way to shut off updates?

    I've read that you can't shut off updates forever & that Windows will eventually do an update. For now I used the Group Policy editor & disabled updates. Is that OK or is there a better way?
    There is also this way:
    How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10
    Set it to 1909 and done.
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  2. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #12

    AddRAM said:
    I wouldn`t shut off updates, but you can set windows not to do a Feature update (that would be 2004) for 365 days.

    Go to Settings>Update & Security>Advanced Options>Scroll down to where it says "Choose when Feature updates are installed" and set it to 365 days.

    That is the only thing I would change, leave everything else the way it is.
    No longer necessary as of 1903.

    Feature updates are no longer force installed, unless the version you're using is within a couple of months of End of Service (18 months total).

    Microsoft Abandons Windows 10’s Constant Forced Updates
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  3. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #13

    We use Windows Automatic Updates Manager on our systems, and it works well.

    Our practice has always been to wait at least 2-3 weeks before installing any updates, unless there is a zero-day that is actively being exploited.

    Companies I've worked with in the past would often wait up to 30 days.

    Always prudent to do frequent disk image backups, in case something goes sideways (an upgrade or updates, disk crash, ransomware, etc.)
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  4. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #14

    Thanks everyone for all the information.

    I’m a Windows 10 newbie & have tried to keep up with some things but didn’t realize there were several update options.

    I’ve seen mention of the Fall Creators Update and the Anniversary Update. Now I’m reading about Feature Updates. Are these two updates the same thing?

    Looking at Advanced Option there’s also a time setting for quality updates and says this includes security improvements. I presume you don’t want to delay these.

    If you no longer have to shut off forced updates, then what stops them from automatically happening? About a week ago I got notified an update was ready & could be paused it for 7 days, which I did. IOW it appeared something had to be done to stop the update. What’s the best way to allow security updates and yet delay other ones until some of the bugs are worked out?

    Thanks again
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  5. Posts : 4,573
    Windows 10 Pro
       #15

    A Feature update is a update to the next version, and there is no reason to rush to get it. A new version comes out every 6 months. One will have very limited additions and the other will have more. I think the Spring editions have more. If you like what you`re using, then just keep using it.

    I liked the Anniversary Edition very much. 1909 works great too.

    The Anniversary update and the Creators update, they are just names they give the new editions, Microsoft throws darts at a board to come up with the edition names, some get called nothing, just the time when they are supposed to come out.

    But some are called a certain name because they have added things designed for such and such a purpose.

    What Is the Latest Version of Windows 10?
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  6. Posts : 4,172
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Latest RP
       #16

    The system apparently changed for future releases with 1903/1909, these being a main update,1903, and a bug Fix / Minor update,1909.

    This is supposed to be the way forward from now on, but we'll not know until this years second update comes out in a few months, (2009 maybe),

    This does make a lot of sense with Windows Ten now being a more mature OS, the amount of truly "New" features will be less likely unless driven by some technical advance in hardware or software, (real or just implied).
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  7. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #17

    If updates aren't supposed to get downloaded until I click on Download, why did I have the option to pause the updates for 7 days?

    This article mentions both processes.
    FAQ: How to manage Windows 10 updates | ZDNet

    It starts by saying "...you have to click Download And Install to kick off the installation."

    Later is says "The option to pause for 7 days is available on the main Windows Update page in all editions."

    On one hand it sounds like updates are not going to happen until I say so. On the other hand it sounds like updates are going to happen if I don't click on pause for 7 days.

    Obviously I'm misunderstanding something. What would have happened if I did not pause for 7 days?
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  8. Posts : 4,172
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Latest RP
       #18

    If you do nothing the update will start after the stated delay, (7 Days as default), if you wish to update sooner you can choose to start at a convenient time for you, with the Pro Version you used to be able also delay the auto update for longer but 2004 is the last with this option , I think

    Tutorial Here ... Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10
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  9. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #19

    Barman58 said:
    If you do nothing the update will start after the stated delay, (7 Days as default), if you wish to update sooner you can choose to start at a convenient time for you, with the Pro Version you used to be able also delay the auto update for longer but 2004 is the last with this option , I think

    Tutorial Here ... Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10
    A few messages back it said "Feature updates are no longer force installed".

    I just spoke with a friend who has a Win10 PC with Windows 10 Home vers 1903, has never changed any settings, and just recently version 1909 got installed. He said never had to pause for 7 days & never did anything.

    It sounds like nothing has to be done because the updates are not forced. Yet I have to do something to stop an update more than 7 days. There's a piece of the puzzle I'm missing here.
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  10. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #20

    Also mentioned in that post was unless you are within a few months of End of Service.

    The service life is 18 months, which applies to Feature Updates (upgrade to the newest version of Windows 10).

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...cle-fact-sheet

    Windows Updates, which are released monthly (Patch Tuesday) can be deferred for up to 35 days.
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