Microsoft to Resume Optional Windows 10 Updates in July

Posted on June 18, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 4 Comments

Back in March, Microsoft temporarily suspended the delivery of optional updates to Windows 10 users to help out during the pandemic. But this week, the firm revealed that it will resume delivery of these updates starting in July. It’s also changing the way it identifies optional updates.

“Based on feedback and the ongoing stabilization of business continuity, we will resume optional releases in July of 2020 for Windows 10 version 1809 and later, to once again provide you with the ability to test planned non-security fixes targeted for the next month’s Update Tuesday release,” Microsoft’s Chris Morrissey writes. “We are also instituting a few changes to simplify the update process and help you continue to stay current with Windows 10.”

As you may know, Microsoft now refers to its optional, non-security updates as “C” and “D” releases, as opposed to Patch Tuesday updates, which arrive in the second week of each month and are referred to as “B” releases.

Based on feedback, Microsoft is changing this naming scheme. Now, these “C” and “D” releases will be referred to as “Preview” releases “for clarity” (which is a hilarious term when you consider how poorly Microsoft typically communicates). Users will see the naming change reflected in the release title on the Windows Update page in Settings. So an update that might normally have been identified as “2020-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 version 2004 for x86-based Systems (KB1234567)” will now be named as “2020-07 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 10 version 2004 for x86-based Systems (KB1234567)”

Also, these Preview updates will now only be delivered in the “C” (or third) week each month, though security updates will of course still be delivered whenever needed.

Seems reasonable.

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Comments (4)

4 responses to “Microsoft to Resume Optional Windows 10 Updates in July”

  1. dnationsr

    why did they release a iso of 20150 so soon

  2. robinwilson16

    Seems a bit strange.

    Surely "Optional Updates" would have described them better. Preview makes it sound like a Beta.

    Did their feedback really tell them this?

    • remc86007

      In reply to robinwilson16:

      I guess it depends on what they are. I've always assumed that "optional" updates were just updates that had yet to be made mandatory. In that sense I think preview describes them well. I don't think there are any updates that don't eventually get pushed to users even if they never open up Windows Update.

  3. benisaacs

    Wasn’t this exactly how it worked with Windows 7 and the preview of the following months non-security updates that were to be released on Patch Tuesday?

    • Paul Thurrott

      God, who can even remember this? It's changed so much and so many times. It's like they're juggling and trying to keep it straight.