Microsoft plans to separate optional Windows 10 updates from security patches

Polycount

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Microsoft was quite aggressive with Windows 10 updates at first -- unnecessary and unwanted content updates were (and often still are) nearly impossible to avoid without the use of third-party tools like ShutUp10 (and even such tools aren't perfect).

There's nothing inherently wrong with regular OS updates, but Windows 10's patches can sometimes do more harm than good. Regular readers may remember the time when one update resulted in the deletion of user data, for example.

Fortunately, it seems Microsoft is aware that some (perhaps many) of its customers would prefer to have more control over how and when they receive Windows 10 updates -- at least, if a recent Windows Insider blog post is anything to go by.

In the post, Microsoft unveiled its plans to split off optional Windows 10 updates from critical security patches. These patches will be displayed in a new Windows Update section called "View optional updates." The list will include feature updates, some driver updates, and other monthly, non-security-related patches.

In theory, this should let customers keep their machines in a state they're comfortable with, without Microsoft forcing (potentially system-breaking) new designs or functionality on them. Most drivers will still be auto-updated (you can opt-out of this), but Microsoft says the optional update section may help if you encounter any issues.

This separation between security and optional patches is expected to arrive as part of Windows 10's "20H1" update, scheduled for 2020. Windows Insider program members can test it out right now as part of Preview Build 18985.

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Uncle Al

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Certainly a step in the right direction but knowing it's Microsoft I have my doubts .... and more than a few suspicions ....
 

lazer

TS Addict
Micro$lop should come out with win 10 1/2, since their OS is never completely workable and always needs an upgrade, update or patch, so why not add the 1/2 on the release so we all know it is lacking things.????
 

Bullwinkle M

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Feature Updates were never mandatory

You could easily avoid them by running WindowsTo Go which only allows security updates

I have never had a feature update for any version of Windows
 

Adhmuz

TechSpot Paladin
Micro$lop should come out with win 10 1/2, since their OS is never completely workable and always needs an upgrade, update or patch, so why not add the 1/2 on the release so we all know it is lacking things.????
I'll agree that Windows isn't perfect, but at the same time it works more often than not. Security updates and patches are something all operating systems require and should be appreciated not despised. The upgrades are actually a good thing in how they provide you with a clean install every so often keeping the Windows folder to a reasonable size and the OS running fast, I have Windows 10 1903 installed on a 30GB SSD and have over 50% of the space free for example. Remember how Windows 7 would grow and grow and grow slowing down as it went? Windows 10 doesn't suffer from this fate due to the feature update system they use, granted it can be inconvenient at times but they've improved when and how it asks to perform it.
 

lazer

TS Addict
I'll agree that Windows isn't perfect, but at the same time it works more often than not. Security updates and patches are something all operating systems require and should be appreciated not despised. The upgrades are actually a good thing in how they provide you with a clean install every so often keeping the Windows folder to a reasonable size and the OS running fast, I have Windows 10 1903 installed on a 30GB SSD and have over 50% of the space free for example. Remember how Windows 7 would grow and grow and grow slowing down as it went? Windows 10 doesn't suffer from this fate due to the feature update system they use, granted it can be inconvenient at times but they've improved when and how it asks to perform it.
I run win7 with NO updates and it is NOT slow.....
 
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Theinsanegamer

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Feature Updates were never mandatory

You could easily avoid them by running WindowsTo Go which only allows security updates

I have never had a feature update for any version of Windows
Well, aside from only being available in enterprise and educational/enterprise versions of prop, which home howners are NOT going to have (at best, consumer win 10 pro, which doesn ot have this feature), it allows you to run off of a USB stick, not really a convenient way of running windows and far beyond most users, and is at best a hack around for blocking windows updates. Blocking updates was not a selling feature on Windows To Go.

Its also been discontinued.

nice try tho.
 

Theinsanegamer

TS Evangelist
I'd still be running win7 if Ryzen cpu's would work on it.
If you really hate updates, just use Windows 8.1, which doesnt have forced restarts, is supported until 2026, and with classic shell can be made to look/run just like 7 can.

Windows 7 is OLD. This is sounding just like the poeple that whined they couldnt use Windows XP on their new i7s, and hwo they didnt want to deal with an OS that didnt do win9x compatibility as well, and didnt hae DOS mode, ece. 8.1 exists, macOS exists, linux exists.
 

Bullwinkle M

TS Booster
Feature Updates were never mandatory

You could easily avoid them by running WindowsTo Go which only allows security updates

I have never had a feature update for any version of Windows
Well, aside from only being available in enterprise and educational/enterprise versions of prop, which home howners are NOT going to have (at best, consumer win 10 pro, which doesn ot have this feature), it allows you to run off of a USB stick, not really a convenient way of running windows and far beyond most users, and is at best a hack around for blocking windows updates. Blocking updates was not a selling feature on Windows To Go.

Its also been discontinued.

nice try tho.
Gee Whillikers, how much wrong can you put in a post?

WindowsToGo also works for home editions >

https://www.pcworld.com/article/2152040/aomei-partition-assistant-review-windows-to-go-no-longer-just-for-enterprise-users.html

Running off a USB stick is quite convenient and since my SATA cable is also external to the case, switching drives and operating systems is fast and VERY convenient without resorting to dualboot or entering the BIOS

....and, Aomei Partition assistant makes WindowsToGo easy for even novice users, just like you

I don't think an easy, 3 step process is too far beyond your capeabilities

1903 works fine for WindowsToGo thumb drives like the Corsair GTX, and WinToUSB will work fine for making Windows portable on any regular thumb drive like the Samsung Fit Plus

Just make sure the random read/write performance is fast enough for "YOUR" needs
 
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Polycount

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Feature Updates were never mandatory
If that were true. My machine would have never automatically updated to 1903.
Odd, since feature updates have been optional for about a year now.

Anyways, smart decision by MSFT to hedge between users who don't update, and breaking things with "not important" updates.

Really? How does one opt-out of feature updates, then? This is big news to me if it's true. I've scoured every Update-related setting I can find, and there's absolutely no way for me to decline massive feature updates and receive security updates only.
 

Bullwinkle M

TS Booster
Feature Updates were never mandatory
If that were true. My machine would have never automatically updated to 1903.
Odd, since feature updates have been optional for about a year now.

Anyways, smart decision by MSFT to hedge between users who don't update, and breaking things with "not important" updates.

Really? How does one opt-out of feature updates, then? This is big news to me if it's true. I've scoured every Update-related setting I can find, and there's absolutely no way for me to decline massive feature updates and receive security updates only.
It's super easy to opt out of feature updates

All you need to do is read my original post instead of the out of context cliffordcooley post

See, EASY!
 

cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
All you need to do is read my original post instead of the out of context cliffordcooley post
Yeah go back and re read your own comment.
Feature Updates were never mandatory

You could easily avoid them by running WindowsTo Go which only allows security updates

I have never had a feature update for any version of Windows
Mentioning Windows ToGo does not erase the meaning in "Feature Updates were never mandatory" nor does it change the meaning in "I have never had a feature update for any version of Windows". "Any version" is all of them.
 

Bullwinkle M

TS Booster
All you need to do is read my original post instead of the out of context cliffordcooley post
Yeah go back and re read your own comment.
Feature Updates were never mandatory

You could easily avoid them by running WindowsTo Go which only allows security updates

I have never had a feature update for any version of Windows
Mentioning Windows ToGo does not erase the meaning in "Feature Updates were never mandatory" nor does it change the meaning in "I have never had a feature update for any version of Windows". "Any version" is all of them.
That is correct Clifford, any version is indeed all of them

I have always done a full clean installation for every version and none of them have ever received a feature update since they were installed

So glad you understand

Full backups are available for each version and can be restored to one of my many SSD's or thumb drives at any time if need be

Is there anything else I can help you with today?
 

Polycount

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Isn't
It's super easy to opt out of feature updates

All you need to do is read my original post instead of the out of context cliffordcooley post

See, EASY!
Quick Google search suggests WTG is enterprise or education edition exclusive. Is that true?
 

Bullwinkle M

TS Booster
Isn't
It's super easy to opt out of feature updates

All you need to do is read my original post instead of the out of context cliffordcooley post

See, EASY!
Quick Google search suggests WTG is enterprise or education edition exclusive. Is that true?
If you are brainwashed to only do and think what Microsoft tells you, then yes it is true

If however you can think for yourself, then you can make a copy of Windows to Go from any version of Windows 8 or 10 using tools like Aomei partition assistant or WintoUSB

https://www.disk-partition.com/lib/wintogo.html

https://www.easyuefi.com/wintousb/

So the answer to your question is YES, and/or NO depending on whether or not you drink the Microsoft Cool-aid