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Windows 10 X, which is the new expression of Microsoft’s desktop operating system, comes with a redesigned Windows Update experience. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 X will allow users to install feature updates in a matter of seconds, and for the time being, the new Windows Update approach would be limited to 10X.

Microsoft says Windows 10 X is separated from the rest of the OS components. It maintains separation between the system files, drivers and applications, which allows Windows 10 X to install feature updates in an offline partition.

Windows 10 X downloads feature updates in an offline state and files are saved in an offline partition and Microsoft migrates the modified files to the new partition before the actual reboot of the device.

The approach will enable new Windows updates in “less than 90 seconds”, similar to ChromeOS and Android updates.

This is a huge improvement over Windows 10 where you have to wait a while for Windows to update, and this wastes an immense amount of time. Windows Updates on Windows 10 Home, Pro and Enterprise can take anywhere from 5 minutes to one hour and multiple reboots to apply the new features.

As the OS is not directly linked to the apps and drivers, Win32 programs will run in containers, and apps won’t be able to make any changes to system files, which should improve the performance of the OS and Windows Update.

Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows 10 X is “read-only” for apps including advanced programs such as Registry cleaners, which means users won’t be able to use Registry cleaners and editors.

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