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Microsoft nixes update deferral settings, but gives us a TargetReleaseVersionInfo

At AskWoody, we’ve been lamenting the sporadic lack of update deferral settings in Win10 version 2004 for some months. At times, the disappearance of the “feature” (version) deferral and “quality: (cumulative update) deferral settings in Advanced Updates appeared to be a beta/Insider build glitch, a changing design tick, a regurgitated A/B test, or a remnant of an upgrade gone bad. 

Now, we have official confirmation that the options in Windows Update’s Advanced Settings applet are gone for good. It’s easy to see, when you compare the Advanced Settings screens side-by-side.

Win10 version 2019 Update Advanced Settings contains a “Choose when updates are installed” section (screenshot below).

1909 advanced update optionsMicrosoft

While Win10 version 2004 Update Advanced Settings has no such section (screenshot below).

2004 advanced update options Microsoft

Tucked away in the middle of a lengthy piece called What’s new in Windows 10, version 2004 for IT Pros, Microsoft made the announcement:

Last year, we changed update installation policies for Windows 10 to only target devices running a feature update version that is nearing end of service. As a result, many devices are only updating once a year. To enable all devices to make the most of this policy change, and to prevent confusion, we have removed deferrals from the Windows Update settings Advanced Options page starting on Windows 10, version 2004. 

Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet writes:

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