Microsoft simplifies Windows 10 optional monthly updates

Claudiu Andone
by Claudiu Andone
Windows & Software Expert
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  • Based on feedback, Microsoft announced that they will resume optional releases in July of 2020 for Windows 10 and Windows Server, version 1809 and later.
  • With this announcement, Microsoft also specifies that they will also change the update process to simplify it.
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In April, Microsoft released the last non-security update and paused the so-called C and D releases to concentrate only on the security updates in the face of the global pandemic.

Based on feedback, Microsoft announced that they will resume optional releases in July of 2020 for Windows 10 and Windows Server, version 1809 and later.

There was, however, an exception, as Microsoft just released an optional update to fix printing problems that started to occur after June security updates.

However, that update is only available in the Microsoft Update Catalog and not in Windows Update.

Microsoft changes the update process

With this announcement, Microsoft also specifies that they will also change the update process to simplify it.

First, in response to feedback, these validated, production-quality optional releases will be now called Preview releases for clarity, and will be offered only for Windows 10 and Windows Server, version 1809 and later.

The naming will also change in the release title from the Windows Update page so that you know exactly what the update is all about.

Windows 10 optional update example

The preview releases will only appear in the C week

To simplify update management for the IT department, the Preview releases will be delivered only in the C week. So there will be a specific week in a month dedicated to C releases.

However, if you’re an Insider, you will receive the C updates in the Release Preview Channel in the B week.

Microsoft specified that there won’t be any change to the cumulative monthly security updates (B release) or Update Tuesday releases.

Also for those who use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to manage updates, you will no longer see Preview (or C) releases for Windows 10 or Windows Server in the WSUS channel.

What do you think about the new update system for optional, non-security updates? Let us know in the comments below.