Windows 10 Bug Exposing Users To Security Threats If They Delay Windows Updates

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Windows 10 arrived, doing away with Windows Updates seemed like
an impossible task. But later, with FCU, Microsoft added the
functionality to delay Windows 10 updates by up to 365 days.

This feature is helpful in the case of Windows 10 machines in
corporate environments which have to be verified for software
compatibility before installing an update.

For users running the Fall Creators Update, a bug is known to
block the cumulative security updates (aka Quality updates) if
they try to delay the feature updates using the Group
Policy Editor, according to a thread on Microsoft TechNet forum.

Windows Updates can be delayed by visiting: Local Computer
Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative
Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update >
Windows Update for Business > “Select when Preview Builds
and Feature Updates are received”.

According to some users, the issue can also be triggered via
Windows 10 Settings > Update & Security > Windows
Update > Advanced Options. Under “Choose how updates are
installed” un-tick “Give me updates for other
Microsoft products when I update Windows”.

Windows 10 Update defer updates

This problem isn’t related to another policy that allows the
cumulative security updates to be delayed. Things get back to
normal if the value is set to zero, i.e., no delay in
installation of updates, or if you tick the option in Windows
Updates. Once you do that, Windows 10 will start downloading
the cumulative updates.

The problem seems to be concerning as depriving machines of
security updates, released every month, would expose them to
new bugs discovered for Windows.

Also Read: Windows 10 Now Runs On 600 Million Monthly
Active Devices

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