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  1. Posts : 31,389
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       05 Dec 2017 #50

    tracit99 said: View Post
    Thanks Brink. I suppose RP qualifies as an Insider build.

    Yep, I'm afraid so.
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  2.    18 Mar 2018 #51

    Today, it appears that 1709 will not allow updates to be turned off (such as turning off the Windows Update service). This will be overwritten to "Manual" from "Disabled". KB4088776 of 3/13/2018 does this.

    Anyway, I came here looking for a better description of what "Pause Quality Updates Starting" really does. It's not all that clear. Some help would be appreciated.
    Local Computer Policy
    Computer Configuration
    Administrative Templates
    Windows Components
    Windows Update
    Windows Update for Business
    Select when quality updates are received
    Pause Quality updates starting
    [ ]

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  3. Posts : 31,389
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
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       18 Mar 2018 #52

    Hello Fred, :)

    If you haven't already, the tutorial below can give you more details about pausing updates instead. Please let me know if you have more questions about it.

    Turn On or Off Pause Updates for Windows Update in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
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  4.    18 Mar 2018 #53


    Thanks. The presentation is quite different. The settings are being made using gpedit.msc and, now, the Settings dialog says: ""*Some settings are managed by your organization". But going to gpedit as I outlined earlier remains accessible.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
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       18 Mar 2018 #54

    Sorry, the group policy method to pause updates does the same as the tutorial I posted above, but the group policy method makes it where you can't change it in Settings.

    This is the reason why you would see the "Some settings are managed by your organization" message.
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  6.    18 Mar 2018 #55

    Yes, I know that. The original question remains and doesn't appear to be covered at all in the tutorial. Did I miss it?
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  7. Posts : 31,389
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       18 Mar 2018 #56

    If you mean what does the "Pause Quality updates starting" setting in group policy is for, it is for specifying a start date to pause updates.

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  8.    19 Mar 2018 #57

    OK. And that pause is independent of any deferred receipt date? It starts when it starts. What happens in the interim if the date specified is in the future?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
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       19 Mar 2018 #58


    The other Pause setting works independently and immediately to pause all (most) updates for up to 7 days, while defer in this policy will only stop quality updates for up to 30 days.

    If the defer policy has a date specified in the future, then the defer won't start until that date.
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  10.    19 Mar 2018 #59

    Brink, Thanks!
    Now all one might look for is a script to reset the pause setting each day or each week.
    But, is it also correct that one can't "pause" unless the machine is up-to-date?
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