Microsoft makes it harder for businesses to avoid Windows 10 updates

Ruben Fields
June 29, 2020

Microsoft recently modified the documentation for professionals in Windows 10 noting that "Last year we changed the update installation policies for Windows 10 so that they only target devices running a feature update version that is nearing end of service". The problem is that many consumers want to postpone installing a feature upgrade for multiple valid reasons. While these are third-party and Recuva has paid features, they do have GUIs.

Windows 10 2004 users first noticed that the option had been revoked after the May 2020 update.

According to Microsoft, the KB4557957 and KB4560960 updates are causing a critical issue with the Local Security Authority Process, which is ironic because those updates are supposed to bring about several security fixes.

There are two ways to achieve this.

The above Windows Registry feature is available in Windows 10 version 1803 or newer. But you can use the Registry method to achieve the same in Windows 10 Home.

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- Select when Preview builds and Feature Updates are received or Select when Quality Updates are received.

Enable this policy to specify a Feature Update version to be requested in subsequent scans.

Now right-click again on Windows Update again and then select 'New' 'String Value'. This policy makes sure you stay in the same version until you remove or disable the settings.

Name the String Value "TargetReleaseVersionInfo" (without quotes) and set the value to the Windows 10 release you want to stick to.

The value should be the exact number as in the semi-annual channel list in the link above. The company doesn't recommend updating to version 2004 using other methods when safeguard holds are in place. Once the reboot is complete, log in and go to the Windows Update, and check for the version of the update available to download. She added that enterprises in general haven't been keeping pace with Microsoft's OS feature update releases, which arrive twice per year, and they are typically running "versions that I consider to no longer be appropriate".

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