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. What Microsoft called “quality updates,” another name for the monthly Patch Tuesday security updates, could be postponed by up to 30 days.

(Users of Windows 10 Home have been allowed to pause feature upgrades up to 35 days since April 2019, when Microsoft made radical changes to upgrade timing control.)

Those options were omitted from Windows 10 2004, which Microsoft began distributing – and which some users could seek out for downloading and installing – in late May. Nonetheless, it was still possible to defer upgrades and updates.

“If you wish to continue leveraging deferrals, you can use local Group Policy,” Microsoft said in a support document revised on June 23. The document recommended using the Select when Preview builds and Feature Updates are received group policy. With that, IT admins can defer feature upgrades on specific PCs – or the entire firm’s devices – up to 365 days or pause updates from beginning for up to 35 days, when using Windows Update for Business (WUfB) to deliver new versions of the OS.

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