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Microsoft strips manual deferrals of future feature upgrades from Windows 10, cites ‘confusion’

June 26, 2020

Microsoft eliminated the ability to manually defer feature upgrades from reaching unmanaged PCs running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education, according to recently revised documentation.

The company said it made the change in Windows 10 May 2020 Update, aka 2004, “to prevent confusion” on the part of customers.

In versions prior to 2004, users were able to access deferral settings via the graphical user interface (GUI) within Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options. There, Pro, Enterprise and Education users could manually defer feature upgrades – the two issued each year in spring and fall – by as many as 365 days.

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