moderated Re: Windows 10 question

Steve Matzura


As many of you know, the feature updates for Windows 10 occur twice a year. A feature update includes upgrading Windows to the latest version with enhanced features, security improvements, and more. A feature update is different from the quality updates that are release on Patch Tuesday. Quality updates are mostly security fixes and are installed after one reboot, whereas feature updates are installed in steps that require more than one reboot to complete.

There are four phases in a feature update installation. Online phases occur while the device is being used and the operating system is running, which means tasks are happening in the background without disrupting you. Offline phases on the other hand can disrupt you, since the device can’t be used. For the Creators Update in April 2017, the average offline time for a user was about 82 minutes.

On 7/14/2020 7:28 PM, Mario wrote:
what is the difference between feature updates and quality updates?

-------- Original Message --------
From: Brian Vogel []
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 5:37 PM
Subject: Windows 10 question
On Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 05:19 PM, Mario wrote:

    isn't it a bit redundant?

At this point in time, and with the changes to how Feature Updates are
applied, the answer to that is, "Yes."

But, if one wishes to postpone other Windows Updates (and I think that
critical updates are never able to be delayed) one can use those
settings.  The Pause for 7 days is just the default pause.  It says
right beneath if you wish to have a longer period then use the advanced
features to set the time span (up to 35 days).

In advanced settings you also have the option to postpone Feature
Updates from even being presented for up to 1 year (365 days) and
quality updates from being downloaded and applied for up to a month (30

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