Microsoft today announced that it is making major changes to how OS updates are delivered in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. The plan is to improve the update and upgrade experience by providing users more granular controls over the timing and delivery of system updates.
As a Windows 10 user, you should already be familiar that the company is treating Windows 10 as a service (WaaS). That means updates are rolled out automatically in the background without you having to manually check for them. However, the biggest complaint from customer feedback is that their computer would restart after an upgrade at the most inopportune times and disrupt your workflow.
Currently, you can manage Windows Update with the Active Hours feature. But this new announcement promises to provide you with more transparency about updates and give you additional control over them.
When there is an update ready to be installed you will get the following dialog message. The new feature adds three new options to choose from. The most prominent being a “Snooze” option. This will allow you to hold off the update for three days.
You can also choose “Pick a time” and that will allow you to schedule the restart for a specific time that works best for you. Of course, if you work is saved and you’re ready, you will have the option to “Restart now”, too.
In addition to having control over Windows Update restarts, Microsoft explains that you will be able to see if your system is up-to-date at a glance.
If you decide to exercise more control over the update process, we’ve added a new icon to the Windows Update Settings page that makes it easier to verify that your device is up to date. This “at a glance” feature is consistent with a similar feature in the new Windows Defender Security Center.
Easily seeing if your system is current, and making unexpected restarts a thing of the past should bring an end to one of the biggest complaints Windows users have had for what seems like forever.
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