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The Windows Update process continues to be one of the most disliked features of every Microsoft operating system. It tends to be slow, provide annoying pop-up notifications, and often reboots your computer at inopportune times. Many of these annoyances have been resolved in Windows 10, but it still has many issues that we have documented here, here, and here.

Despite these issues, Windows Update is something that you must live with to make sure your systems are as secure and stable as they can be. To get the best experience, EVAN recommends the following:

  1. Let Windows Update work on its ownEarly in December, Microsoft announced that users who click the “Check for updates” repeatedly are often considered advanced users and begin receiving preview (read beta) releases of updates for testing.
  2. Defer feature updates* – Microsoft’s feature updates, which are released semiannually, tend to be the most likely to break and introduce incompatibility. We recommend deferring these updates for 30 days to allow time for fixes to be implemented (instructions here).
  3. Set active hours – Go to Home > Update & Security > Windows Update > Change active hours. By setting the time of day you are actively using your computer, Windows Update will not attempt updating, rebooting, or notifying you of potential updates. Instead, these things will happen automatically outside of the chosen active hours.

*The defer option is only applicable to users of Windows 10 Pro. To learn more about the differences between Windows 10 Basic and Pro and why we recommend Pro, click here.

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