In the recent Windows 10 1903 release, there have been changes to Windows Update. Several options are included to make your Windows 10 more stable after installing updates. As we know, the 1809 upgrade has caused some problems.
These include deletion of files, incompatibility with Apple products, range of Intel Display Audio device drivers not supported, slow installation, apps issues, deletion of Microsoft Edge favorites, stoppage of toast notifications in Action center and many others.
Though these update problems have occurred to a finite set of users, it has caused a bad reputation on Windows 10 updates. Microsoft had to take back the October 2018 update temporarily and release a new patch to solve these issues.
Learning from the earlier lessons, Microsoft made sure that Windows 10 users have less headache in 1903 version. You can defer updates till you feel confident about them.
Let’s see the new options available under “Update & Security” in Windows Settings.
1. Pause updates for 7 days
2. Change active hours
3. View update history
4. Advanced options
Option #1: Temporarily Pause Update till 7 days
When you click on pause updates, they will not be installed for the next 7 days. You can also see the pause symbol. The updates will resume after 7 days and you can see the date from which updates will work normally as before.
This is useful, if you are fearful that any new updates may break or hang your system. When you are confident that the newly released updates are working properly, you can resume updates. This happens with new KB updates released very frequently.
Option #2: Change Active hours for Computer Restart
There are active hours defined automatically based on your device use. It will be typically between 8AM to 5PM. During this time, your system will not restart. In the previous updates it is observed that some systems restart while updating. This is to prevent such hiccups. You can toggle the option that says
"Automatically adjust active hours for this device based on activity".
Option #3: Update history to view Updates Installed Successfully
In this window, you can see the history of updates installed on your system recently. This includes Quality updates and Definition updates. One can also uninstall any update, if its giving any problem. Click on “Uninstall updates”. This will open up the traditional window in Control Panel > Programs and Features > Installed Updates.
You can also see the recovery options. This will open up Windows Settings.
From here you can do the following tasks.
1. Reset the PC.
2. Go back to the previous version of Windows 10.
3. Advanced Startup
Option #4: Advanced Settings to Control Windows Updates
In the advanced options, there are further settings which can help in fine tuning your Windows 10 updates. If you want to install Office updates alongwith regular updates, you can turn on the switch that says
Receive udpates for other Microsoft products when you update Windows.
There are other options like
1. Download updates over metered connections (extra charges may apply) 2. Restart this device as soon as possible when a restart is required to install an update. Windows will display a notice before the restart, and the device must be on and pluggin in. 3. Show a notification when your PC requires a restart to finish updating.
You can also temporarily pause updates till 35 days. After that you need to get new updates to pause the updates again.
You can also defer the feature and quality updates for as long as 1 year.