Windows 10 Home users may not be able to turn off Windows Update
It looks like Microsoft will offer automatic updates to Windows 10 Home users. Customers on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 had the option to defer or select whatever updates they wanted to install manually, and that option seems to have been removed in Windows 10 as Microsoft seeks to ensure that the OS automatically installs the latest security as well as feature updates.
The EULA included with build 10240 — the one that's believed to be the RTM (release to manufacturing) version that'll come pre-installed — states:
Windows 10 comes with several tiers of licensing: Current Branch, which includes Home users, and Current Branch for Business, to which Professional or Enterprise users belong. Automatic software updates are only applicable to Current Branch, or Home users, with Windows 10 Professional customers having the ability to defer updates for up to eight months:
That's according to Microsoft's senior product marketing manager Helen Harmetz. However, the wording states that users that don't receive feature updates will not get the security updates as well. At this stage, it looks like Enterprise users on the Long Term Service Branch are the only ones that get to defer select updates indefinitely, as that branch is updated only every two to three years.
While it looks like Microsoft's intention is to ensure that updates are delivered in a timely manner, its solution does have the potential to cause incompatibility issues with other programs.
Source: The Register; Via: Neowin
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.