Autopatch for Windows 10/11 Enterprise E3/E5 offered for July 2022

Windows[German]In July 2022, Microsoft plans to release a new feature Autopatch for Windows 10/11 Enterprise. The paid product, Windows Autopatch, is intended to manage all aspects of delivering quality and feature updates, drivers, firmware and Microsoft 365 apps to enterprises for Windows 10 and Windows 11.


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This week, Microsoft has presented some new features in the area of security for hybrid work for Windows 11 (see New Security Features in Windows 11: "Smart App Control" & more). Not mentioned is a new feature called Autopatch for Windows 10/11 Enterprise, which Microsoft wants to offer in July 2022. I came across the topic this week via the following tweet, among others.

Windows 10/11 Enterprise Autopatch

Autopatch for Windows is a service from Microsoft aimed at IT departments that want to keep Windows and Office software up to date on registered end devices automatically and at no additional cost. Windows Autopatch is able to detect the differences between the endpoints used in an organization and dynamically sort them into the four test rings shown above.

Each ring includes a group of devices that can receive updates according to a set schedule. In the test ring, updates can be installed early and tested on the devices, while patches are distributed to devices in the broad ring only after extensive testing in the enterprise. This makes it possible to define how many devices are included in a ring and when a ring distributes the updates. In doing so, Autopatch provides the following functions:

  • Pause: Updates are not passed from ring to ring if stability targets are not met.   
  • Rollback: If devices do not meet performance targets after an update, updates can be automatically rolled back.
  • Selectivity: The feature allows parts of an update package to be propagated and parts that do not meet targets to be selectively and automatically paused or rolled back.

Because of the above features, Autopatch has the ability to keep users productive in the event of problems with updates. Microsoft describes the planned Autopatch approach and the features available through this service in this Techcommunity article


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This FAQ states that Windows Autopatch will be released in July 2022. Windows Autopatch can be used as a feature for Windows 10/11 Enterprise E3 (and E5) at no additional cost. Other requirements are for management using Intune:

  • Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
  • Microsoft Intune
  • Windows 10/11 (supported versions)

For co-management, Configuration Manager version 2010 or higher can also be used. More details on the requirements and features can be found in the two linked articles.


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