New update options for Windows 10 Creators Update

[German]Microsoft is changing again the update model for Windows 10. From Windows 10 Creators Update onwards, business users will have additional options to install updates.


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Michael Niehaus has published a blog post explaining the new Windows 10 Creators Update model. With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft ships cumulative updates on a monthly base (on Update Tuesday). Each update released contains all the new fixes for that month, as well as all the older fixes from previous months. Because these updates contain new security fixes, they are considered “Security Updates” in Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and System Center Configuration Manager.

Based on customers feedback Microsoft is changing the update model for Windows 10, version 1703 (Creators Update). With these changes, Microsoft will routinely offer one (or sometimes more than one) additional cumulative update each month containing only new non-security updates (will be considered as “Updates” in WSUS and Configuration Manager). Occasionally non-security fixes that address more critical issues will be flagged as “Critical Updates” in WSUS and Configuration Manager.

Windows 10 V1703 clients using Windows Update for Business, will not install these new “Updates” and “Critical Updates” on any devices that have been configured to defer quality updates. This offers the possibility to install or defer updates in organizations:

  • Deploy each of them just like the updates on “Update Tuesday.” This enables the organization’s PCs to get the latest fixes more quickly.
  • Deploy each of them to a subset of devices. This enables the organization to ensure that these new non-security fixes work well, prior to those same fixes being included in the next “Update Tuesday” cumulative update which will be deployed throughout the organization.
  • Selectively deploy them, based on whether they address specific issues affecting the organization, ahead of the next “Update Tuesday” cumulative update.

I an update isn’t deployed, the same fixes will be included in the “Update Tuesday” cumulative update (along with all the new security fixes).


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