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Windows 10 updates changes will reduce disruptive reboots

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 03 Mar 2017 13:18 User comments (5)

Windows 10 updates changes will reduce disruptive reboots Windows 10 users who are annoyed by the operating system's updates and reboots will soon have more control over when updates are installed.
Disruptive reboots due to Windows 10 update installations have prompted complaints from users since the OS was released less than two years ago. As it stands, some updates cannot be deferred and will install automatically, and often require that the system reboots.

As part of the Creators Update project, Windows 10 users will soon be able to schedule the installation of updates at a specified time, or to hit the "snooze" button to pause updates for up to three days. This should make reboots less disruptive but could come at a security cost.

John Cable, director of program management at Microsoft, also said that the firm is exploring changes to privacy settings in Windows 10, which has been another issue for users since its release.

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5 user comments

13.3.2017 14:16

"Come at a security cost".....I don't think so. That's fear-mongering!


Saying that would be like saying that it comes at the cost of security simply because it wasn't FORCED TO UPDATE IMMEDIATELY.

An extra 3 days won't kill anyone or cripple large networks!


I'm still on Windows 7........wonder if John Cable thinks all of us are brutally "insecure"...WHATEVS!

23.3.2017 14:35

Originally posted by hearme0:
"Come at a security cost".....I don't think so. That's fear-mongering!


Saying that would be like saying that it comes at the cost of security simply because it wasn't FORCED TO UPDATE IMMEDIATELY.

An extra 3 days won't kill anyone or cripple large networks!


I'm still on Windows 7........wonder if John Cable thinks all of us are brutally "insecure"...WHATEVS!




It depends on the update. If they are security updates then yes, not installing them sooner is a security risk. That's why "Patch Tuesday" is followed by "Exploit Wednesday", as the updates pushed out by MS are used to discover the flaw they were fixing in the first place, then the race is on to exploit OS's that weren't updated.
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33.3.2017 20:57

Why is this feature of scheduling updates / reboots available on Win 10 Home version ? One reason why I hate to have to do ANY time critical on work on my laptop which automatically upgraded from 7 Home to 10.Home.

46.3.2017 10:43

tried windows 10 . didnt like it. I use windows 7 too. whats next ? windows 11 or windows A or what ?

57.3.2017 20:55

Originally posted by pmshah:
Why is this feature of scheduling updates / reboots available on Win 10 Home version ? One reason why I hate to have to do ANY time critical on work on my laptop which automatically upgraded from 7 Home to 10.Home.
If they made the home version any good people wouldn't buy the pro version. In the past the differences between home and pro were a lot less noticeable...now they throw it in your face by rebooting while you are in the middle of a video conference. I guess you will soon be able to avoid this, and that's a plus. Now if they re-enable the tools used to remove all the junk that comes with Windows 10 the home version might be downright useful (assuming you forget that Windows 7 is still better).

As for security weaknesses caused by deferring updates...microsoft is a heck of a company to talk about that after releasing like 50 malicious updates to windows 7 trying to force people to upgrade. Basically everyone who managed to keep Windows 7 defer updates and check lists a few days later to make sure they are not more force-upgrade junk.

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