Microsoft to Give Windows Users More Control Over Installing Windows 10 Version Updates

By | May 2, 2019
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Microsoft to Give Windows Users More Control Over Installing Windows 10 Version Updates

While reading the Windows blog this morning,  I came across this article posted on April 4, 2019, in which a Microsoft Windows vice president writes that Microsoft is going to offer more control to all Windows users when it comes to installing feature updates such as the May 2019 Update also known as  Version 1903.

According to Mike Fortin, Corporate Vice President, Windows, beginning with the May 2019 update, Windows users will have more control over when it is actually installed while Windows Update will continue to install monthly cumulative updates and patches automatically.

Here’s what Mike Fortin writes on the Windows Blog post…

Improving the Windows 10 update experience with control, quality and transparency

While regular updates are critical to keeping modern devices secure and running smoothly in a diverse and dynamic ecosystem, we have heard clear feedback that the Windows update process itself can be disruptive, particularly that Windows users would like more control over when updates happen. Today we are excited to announce significant changes in the Windows update process, changes designed to improve the experience, put the user in more control, and improve the quality of Windows updates.

In previous Windows 10 feature update rollouts, the update installation was automatically initiated on a device once our data gave us confidence that device would have a great update experience. Beginning with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, users will be more in control of initiating the feature OS update. We will provide notification that an update is available and recommended based on our data, but it will be largely up to the user to initiate when the update occurs. When Windows 10 devices are at, or will soon reach, end of service, Windows update will continue to automatically initiate a feature update; keeping machines supported and receiving monthly updates is critical to device security and ecosystem health. We are adding new features that will empower users with control and transparency around when updates are installed. In fact, all customers will now have the ability to explicitly choose if they want to update their device when they “check for updates” or to pause updates for up to 35 days.

Read the entire article here.

According to the latest information we’ve found, it looks like the May 2019 Update won’t be rolling out until late May. But that’s unofficial. There is no official word from Microsoft about the official release date of Windows 10 Version 1903 (May 2019) update as yet.

4 thoughts on “Microsoft to Give Windows Users More Control Over Installing Windows 10 Version Updates

  1. D.

    I think at this time I’m going to keep doing what I have been doing is just block with metered connection set to on. Hopefully that will still work. I can block the “cumulative update” and still bring in the other without worrying about the seven-day ending and keep doing this up to 35 days (then you have to update).

    Microsoft talks a lot but their roll outs to be good are still in need. I guess we will see how this does.

    At least if there is something wrong with an update other than cumulative we can now block it and now in Home version for up to 35 days, so that is a good thing now. But as I said my metered connection is going to stay on when Microsoft rolls its updates out. I don’t see that changing anytime soon :=).

    1. infoave Post author

      We once recommended changing to metered connection to stop updates, but too many people were getting updates anyway. And the same problem is possible with Metered connection as is with turning off the update service – that is turning it back on. Some updates are necessary. So, if Metered connection is working for you, please don’t leave it set up permanently.

  2. Linda

    I just hope Microsoft does the right thing and make sure this update is safe before rolling it out and then damaging everybody’s computers. I for one will be delaying it 35 days!!

  3. Jason Miller

    Well, it seems like they have listened to the people and are trying to do something that we have been asking for.


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