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Windows 10 version 2004 drops defer feature updates setting

The Windows 10 May 2020 update brought Windows 10 up to version 2004 and introduced a number of features and changes. However, it wasn’t until earlier this week that Microsoft publicly revealed one of these changes.

(Windows Update Advanced options in Windows 10 1903)

Starting with Windows 10 version 1703, Pro, Enterprise, and Education users have had the option to defer feature updates. Users can choose exactly how many days to defer feature updates in a drop down menu that goes up to 365 days.

(Windows Update Advanced options in Windows 10 2004)

On Tuesday of this week, Microsoft updated its documentation regarding the changes made in the May 2020 update, noting that the defer feature updates setting has been removed from Windows 10. Pro, Enterprise, and Education users are left with just the Pause updates setting that is also available to Home users. This setting allows users to pause updates for up to only 35 days. You can see the discrepancy between the Advanced options page before and after the May 2020 update in the images above, thanks to BleepingComputer.

The removal of the defer feature update setting follows changes made to the Windows 10 update process in April of last year. According to the updated documentation, the update installation policies were changed so as “to only target devices running a feature update version that is nearing end of service.” The effect of this change is that many devices are receiving feature updates only once a year. Thus, Microsoft has removed the ability to defer feature updates for a year in order to “make the most of this policy change, and to prevent confusion.”

That said, users can still defer feature updates through the use of a local Group Policy. Microsoft provides the following instructions to accomplish this end:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business > Select when Preview builds and Feature Updates are received or Select when Quality Updates are received

While Windows 10 Home users don’t have access to the Group Policy Editor, you can check out BleepingComputer’s coverage of the story for an alternative solution that involves a change to the registry.

4 responses to “Windows 10 version 2004 drops defer feature updates setting

  1. I was remotely monitoring a server on my Windows machine and the update rebooted my machine and lost all my work. Windows often thinks that a computer is only in use if someone is banging on a keyboard or mouse. Switching another machine over to Linux.

  2. This has to be the most ridiculous update. it has been installing on my system since 12:56 am this morning, now its 7:13pm and is still sitting on 93% installed. When is Microsoft going to make things easier for older people like myself.

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