Windows 10 - Windows Update for Business May 18th, 2015
Windows Update for Business is available for Windows 10 Pro and higher versions. This leaves consumers who upgrade to the Windows 10 Home version with a much less effective means of controlling when Windows Updates are installed.
From Blogging Windows: “With Windows 10, we’re excited to provide you a new option – Windows Update for Business. We have been working with IT professionals all over the world to design new capabilities in Windows Update, designed for end-user devices within businesses. Windows Update for Business will provide:
Distribution rings, where the IT Pro can specify which devices go first in an update wave, and which ones will come later (to ensure any quality kinks are worked out). Maintenance windows, where the IT Pro can specify the critical timeframes when updates should and should not occur. Peer to peer delivery, which IT can enable to make delivery of updates to branch offices and remote sites with limited bandwidth very efficient. Integration with your existing tools like System Center and the Enterprise Mobility Suite – so that these tools can continue to be that ‘single pane of glass’ for all of your systems management.
Windows Update for Business will reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployment, offer quicker access to security updates, and provide access to the latest innovation from Microsoft on an ongoing basis. Windows Update for Business is FREE for Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise devices. It’s part of our intelligent cloud – we will update and maintain Windows devices for you, while still giving you control.
If you are interested in shaping Windows Update for Business with us, please join the Windows 10 Insider Program today. As you roll out Windows 10, we recommend you segment your Windows devices and consider the best updating approach for each class of device, and then start a pilot of Windows Update for Business with your end-user devices. Together, as partners in the innovation of IT, we will make this a great solution for your business end-user computing needs.”
Windows Update for Business is available for Windows 10 Pro and higher versions. This leaves consumers who upgrade to the Windows 10 Home version with a much less effective means of controlling when Windows Updates are installed, basically any day of the week at any time of the day. You do have the ability to determine how quickly you receive an update after it is released via some additional “Rings” (current only two; Fast ring and Slow ring) that will added. Windows 7 also has a option to turn off Windows Update and allow the end user to run and install updates manually.
Why is this lost ability important? The installation of update has not always been a 100% success, some users often find that after letting their PC update overnight the next morning they have a computer that will no longer function properly.
I have always made it a practice to create an Image Backup of my disk drive prior to installing any updates. Should anything go wrong I can always restore the backup and either try again or wait until Microsoft issues a fix to a flawed update.