Windows Update is Microsoft’s service for sending security patches, bug fixes, and new features to Windows users over the internet. While the updates are often meant to fix problems, sometimes they introduce new ones — especially if they conflict with third-party software running on your PC.
Up until now, you’ve had the option to disable automatic updates. This lets you choose if and when to apply updates. But starting with Windows 10, it looks like Microsoft won’t make it easy to disable updates… at least for some versions of Windows 10.
The latest pre-released build of Windows 10 (like pretty much every earlier build) lack the option to disable automatic updates. Now the folks at The Register have noticed language in the Windows 10 EULA that explicitly states “by accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.”
This is generally a good thing, since it will help keep your computer secure even if you’re too lazy to occasionally check for updates manually. But there is always a chance that Microsoft will push an update that could cause issues… which is why this will most likely only apply to Windows 10 Home and Pro and not Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions.
Microsoft has already stated that Enterprise and Education users will be able to postpone and schedule updates, thanks to Windows Update for Business or by using the Long Term Servicing option which lets them postpone updates for up to a few years.
Windows 10 Pro users will have the option to switch to the Business schedule, which allows them to delay some updates for a little while, but not for as long as folks with an Enterprise license.
via Ars Technica