bfg-9000 wrote:BTW you will really like this change in 1703:Features removed on version 1703
Windows Update will no longer postpone the download of certain critical updates if the device is connected to a network that was designated by the user as being "metered". Although meant to prevent the updates from utilizing data allotments, this behavior had been used as a workaround by users to defy the requirement for all updates to be automatically downloaded.
Don't you dare try to defy Microsoft! They know what's best for you and you'd better like it.
To be fair, that's Wikipedia-speak. The original PC World article cited as reference is much blander:
PC World wrote:In build 15058, heading to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update reveals the following note: “We’ll automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections (where charges may apply). In that case, we’ll automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.”
That last sentence, where Microsoft says it will automatically download updates to keep “Windows running smoothly,” is absent in the current version of Windows 10. Microsoft told WinSuperSite it made the change so that it has the ability force critical update patches if necessary. “We don’t plan to send large updates over metered connections, but could use this for critical fixes if needed in the future,” Microsoft said.
Update: Microsoft’s current metered connection FAQ reveals that with flagged connections, “Windows 10 will only download priority updates.” The new verbiage makes that caveat more visible.
Given that someone is always poking at Windows 10 to see if a new hole appears and most computers are always-online these days, it's not possible to keep the platform secure if Home users were able to block all updates indefinitely. It doesn't look like anything is changing, it's just being made more obvious to the user.