‘Roll Back’ To The Future

Beware: Windows 10 Feature Updates are Double Work!

Windows 10 Feature Updates (Windows 10 Servicing) will dominate the agenda of many IT Managers as Microsoft uses their new release method to introduce new operating system experiences and security enhancements for their flagship operating system. These are scheduled for release every 6 months until the end of extended support in October 2025.Before you start your journey, you need to be aware that each feature update will have its own support for 18 months, forcing IT Managers to keep releasing these updates at least every 12 months.  If you are still using Windows 10 version 1607, support has already ended.


Verismic recommends that IT managers plan out their Windows 10 Feature Updates as soon as it is publicly available.  But Beware: upon installation of the Windows 10 Feature Update, any patch or update which has been deployed since the date of that feature update will have to be re-deployed to bring that system back up to date.Robert Brown, Director of Services for Verismic says, “IT managers spend a lot of time planning and deploying their Windows updates each month. They need to understand that after installing any Windows 10 Feature Update, they will be effectively rolled back in time to the date of that release. Example Fig.1 below, next month if you apply 1803, you will have to re-deploy all updates since March – that could be over 40 updates per device. Use Syxsense to make re-deployment far easier and more efficient.”Microsoft is giving IT Managers double the work, but Syxsense simplifies patching. Our Patch Manager quickly identifies any device in need of updates. Then a maintenance window can be created to deploy the updates after business hours, avoiding any loss in productivity.

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