Microsoft quietly removed Windows Update’s option to manually postpone feature updates

Microsoft has quietly removed the feature of windows 10 commercial version users from the May 2020 update (2004 version) to manually postpone feature updates on the Windows Update settings page. The company’s updated operating system version of the document a few days ago disclosed the change, saying it was “preventing confusion.”

Microsoft quietly removed Windows Update's option to manually postpone feature updates

Since last year, Microsoft has pushed back quality updates by 35 days for Windows 10 users, including those running home SKUs. However, enterprise customers running Windows 10 Pro, Education, or Enterprise have been able to postpone feature updates for up to 365 days. These updates will then be pushed only to customers who are running a version of the operating system that is nearing the end of support.

Although the ability to defer feature updates will not be removed for these enterprise users, the manual settings in Advanced Options in Windows Update will be removed from the May 2020 update. This means that now that control is in the hands of THE IT administrator, they will apply the changes through Group Policy.

However, those who want to change the settings manually can go to the local Group Policy Editor and do the following.

Computer Configuration s. Administrative Templates and Windows Components and Windows Update s. Windows Update for Business. Choose when to receive preview build and feature updates or choose when to receive quality updates.

Windows 10 Enterprise and Education customers have a 30-month support lifecycle for the second half of the update (H2 update), compared with an 18-month support period for the first half of the year. Given that the current H2 version is a smaller version and a service pack for the H1 version, most businesses may skip the 2004 version, which means it will take some time for them to see this change.