The latest update to Windows 10 includes a new setting called “Defer Updates.” This setting lets you decide whether you want to receive feature updates within the next three months. However, you’ll still receive security updates. You can change this setting anytime you like.
If you select “No,” you’ll continue receiving feature updates even though there are some important changes coming up soon. For example, Microsoft Edge now supports extensions. In addition, the Cortana voice assistant is getting a big upgrade.
You can find out more about what’s changing in Windows 10 here.
Microsoft says it wants to make Windows 10 better over time. But what does that mean? For example, the company might release a new version of Windows every few months, or even less frequently. In fact, Microsoft announced that it plans to skip some versions altogether.
That’s why the company introduced “Windows Update Deferment,” which allows you to delay installing certain updates. You won’t see them pop up in the notification area, though. Instead, you’ll just see a small icon next to the date and time on the taskbar. Clicking it opens a menu where you can choose whether to install the update now or later.
If you’re worried about missing out on new features, you can always go ahead and install the latest version of Windows. After all, there are no major changes between Windows 7 and 8.1, and Windows 10 isn’t much different either.
Which versions of Windows 10 can put off upgrades?
Microsoft offers three different versions of Windows 10 Enterprise: Standard, Professional, and Datacenter. Each edition includes features that are useful for businesses, like security patches and enterprise policies. However, the differences between editions are subtle enough that some people might not even notice.
The standard edition is free, and it includes basic features such as automatic updates, device activation, and support for BitLocker encryption. Microsoft does offer paid options for additional features, including remote management, mobile device management, and data loss prevention.
This edition costs $199 per month, and it includes most of the same features as the Standard Edition, plus several extras. For example, it supports Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), allowing IT administrators to remotely access computers running the software. It also allows organizations to set up automated deployment of apps and operating system updates.
The Datacenter Edition costs $499 per month, and it provides many of the same features as both the Professional and Standard Editions. In addition, it includes Hyper-V virtualization technology, which lets companies run multiple servers inside one computer.
Which Upgrades Are Deferred?
Windows 10 is updating faster than it ever has before. Microsoft says that there are now over 200 million active devices running Windows 10, up from just 20 million one month ago. This growth has been fueled primarily by the release of the Anniversary Update, which brought many new features to the operating system. However, some of those features require additional software to work properly, and Microsoft isn’t allowing users to delay or skip certain updates.
There’s no option to disable Windows Updates. Instead, you’ll see a notification about each update, letting you know whether or not you’re ready to install it. If you don’t want to upgrade immediately, you can choose “Later,” which puts the update into a queue where it will automatically download and install once you’re ready. But even if you do decide to wait, you still won’t be able to turn off automatic downloads completely.
Some companies won’t want new feature appearing on their computers without first testing them out. In fact, some of these companies might even block specific updates entirely. For example, Apple doesn’t allow developers to distribute apps that use iCloud Drive unless they’ve tested the app thoroughly. And Amazon requires developers to test their Alexa skills before releasing them to the public.
In addition, some updates offer security fixes while others include new features. For instance, the latest version of Chrome includes support for WebVR, a technology that allows web browsers to display virtual reality experiences inside the browser window. While this sounds like a great idea, it could potentially expose users to malware attacks. So, it’s important to make sure you’re downloading the correct update.
How long can upgrades to features be put off?
Microsoft announced earlier this week that it would delay the release of the next major feature upgrade for Windows 10. The software giant had originally planned to roll out the October 2018 Update (version 1809) sometime around September 30th. However, Microsoft now says that the rollout will take place “later in the fall.” This means that users will no longer receive automatic updates starting December 11th.
The reason behind the change is because Microsoft wants to give users enough time to prepare for the upgrade. In addition to updating apps and drivers, users must make sure that their systems are backed up. If anything goes wrong during the process, it could lead to data loss.
If you’re still running Windows 7 or 8.1, you’ll be able to continue receiving updates until January 14th, 2020. You can find the full list of supported versions here.
In addition to the delayed release, Microsoft is also planning to cut off support for Windows 7 and 8.1 entirely. Starting April 9th, 2020, older operating systems will no longer receive any updates.
Why Defer Updates?
Windows 10 Home is based on Windows 7 and 8.1. With every update, it brings some new features, fixes bugs, and improves performance. But there are times when the operating system needs to be updated. For example, if you install a security patch, you might experience issues like crashes or slowdowns. In those cases, you can defer updates for up to 90 days. This way, you don’t have to wait for the next major version of Windows to receive the fix.
But what happens if you turn off “Defer updates”? Well, you’ll still get the latest features, but you’ll have to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise to get the latest improvements. And even though you’re on the current branch, you won’t get the latest features immediately. Instead, you’ll get the same features that came out yesterday.
So why do we recommend turning off “Defer updates?” Because you shouldn’t use this feature if you want to get new features. If you want to keep getting new features, you should always go directly to Windows Update and download the latest update.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I defer Windows 10 updates?
You can use the Defer Updates feature to postpone installation of major updates while keeping your system up-to-date. This allows you to install updates without interrupting normal operation of your computer. To learn how to defer updates, see How to defer Windows 10 updates.
What are the benefits of deferring updates?
By delaying the installation of important updates, you reduce the risk of having problems caused by unplanned downtime. In addition, you can continue to receive security updates and other improvements even though you’re not actively updating your operating system.
How does Defer Updates work?
When you enable Defer Updates, Windows installs updates according to the following schedule:
• For monthly rollups, such as Monthly Rollup 3018, you’ll get the latest version of the update installed on the day it becomes available. If you don’t want to wait for the update to become available, you can choose to download and install the update later.
How to Defer Feature Updates for Up to 365 Days
Then, select the Start Date option under Deferred Features and choose the desired date. If you want to postpone the update for less than 30 days, simply enter the number of days in the field next to Start Date.
You can defer updates for up tp 30 days. For example, let’s say you want to wait one month to implement the changes. Simply enter 31 in the Start Date box and press Save Changes.
If you want to delay the update even longer, you can do so by entering a custom date in the Start Date box. For example, if you wanted to wait three months, you could type 3/31/2020 in the Start Date box to defer the update for that long.
How to Defer Quality Updates for Up to 30 Days
Google provides several options for how often it delivers quality updates to your site. If you want to defer some of those updates, there are a few settings you can use.
You can choose to delay the delivery of updates for up to seven days. Then select the number of days you want to wait.
If you want to pause the delivery of updates for a specific date, you can set that here too. Simply enter the date you want to stop delivering updates for in the box next to “Delay Deliveries After.”