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What Is A Windows 10 "Feature Update"?

2018-03-20, 17:36 PM


"We’re listening to you — feature update improvements

As many of you know, the feature updates for Windows 10 occur twice a year. A feature update consists of upgrading Windows to the latest version with enhanced features, security improvements, etc. A feature update is different from the quality updates that are released on “Patch Tuesday.” Quality updates are mostly comprised of security fixes and are installed after a single reboot, whereas feature updates are installed in a phased approach that requires multiple reboots to complete.

There are four phases in a feature update installation. Each phase is done in either an “online” or “offline” manner. Online phases occur while the device is being used and the operating system is running. This phase is not disruptive to the user as tasks happen in the background. Offline phases, on the other hand, cause disruption to the user because the device cannot be used since the operating system is not running."


Please continue reading to learn of changes and improvements to the process:

Microsoft MVP Consumer Security 2006-2016 / Windows Insider MVP 2016-Present
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