Microsoft Will Finally Allow Users to Pause Windows 10 Updates
It looks like Microsoft had planned quite a few surprises for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring with the release of the now-delayed Windows 10 Creators Update Preview build 14997. The build wasn't released due to some technical issues and will probably be rolled out next year - more like next week.
But, Windows 10 Preview build 14997 did manage to leak over the weekend, giving a glimpse of a number of exciting features that we have previously talked about. One of these feature updates and system enhancements is the ability to pause Windows updates.
When Microsoft introduced Windows 10 as "Windows as a Service", it promised to deliver free and routine updates to the operating system. Both feature "upgrades" and security "updates" were included in this offer. While it's good news for users to receive timely updates and upgrades for free, not all updates have been appreciated by users.
Since the release of Windows 10 in 2015, a number of updates weren't stable and created driver issues and webcam problems, among a number of other issues. Since these updates can be broken - we saw a recent cumulative update disrupt internet connectivity for many - users have long requested to be able to pause certain updates.
If the latest leaked build is to be believed, the Redmond tech giant will introduce the ability to pause Windows 10 updates, finally saying goodbye to automatic updates. The feature will pause the update from being installed for up to 35 days, which is a good enough period to check out reviews of a certain build or even get a new update.
This feature, however, doesn't apply to Windows Defender, which will automatically install security updates. It is also unclear if the feature will be rolled out to everyone or only Enterprise users, as the leaked build is an Enterprise SKU build.
Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to be released in March 2017. We are hoping to try out a number of new features and enhancements in January, ahead of the public release in March.