Microsoft is finally fixing one of the worst things about Windows 10

Ever since Microsoft launched the first version of Windows 10, the company chased market share at the expense of user experience. Many PC owners found their systems upgraded to Windows 10 out of the blue, as Microsoft would force Windows 10 downloads and installs on users running older versions of Windows. This was easily the worst thing about the Windows 10 upgrade, at least until users discovered all the strange privacy-infringing features that were also buried in early versions of Windows 10. Things have improved since the early days of Windows 10, but it took a few years for Microsoft to finally realize that Windows users prefer to upgrade their computers at their own pace. Moving forward, future Windows 10 will finally let you choose when or even if you want to to install a new OS version.

Last year alone, Microsoft had to deal with at least two Windows 10 serious issues that emerged once final Windows 10 builds were released to regular users. First, Microsoft had to delay its April 2018 Update because of unexpected Blue Screen of Death issues. A few months later, the October 2018 Update was pulled days after users discovered the upgrade deleted files.

Thanks to Microsoft’s new Windows 10 policy, explained in a new blog post, users will not have to fear running into similar issues in the future.

Users will have various ways of upgrading Windows 10 in the future, including a “Download and install now” option” that lets them enjoy feature updates as soon as Microsoft makes them available. Microsoft is letting users pause updates for up to 35 days for both feature and monthly updates. Once that period expires, they’ll have to update the machines before pausing updates again. Finally, the “Intelligent active hours” feature should help you avoid “disruptive update restarts.” Finally, the “Improved update orchestration” feature will let Windows intelligently coordinate Windows and Microsoft Store updates so they occur when you’re away from the computer.

Furthermore, Microsoft also said it’s extending the Release Preview phase, to prevent any significant bugs from delaying the rollout.

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