Update Management in Windows 11 - Specify deadlines for automatic updates and restarts

OS Windows 10 si Windows 11 I'm constantly getting updates in the background through the middleman Windows Update. Most of the updates Windows 11 requires a reboot for installation and configuration. The new update management from Windows 11 offers users the possibility to configure the deadline for the updates to be installed and to get rid of the dialog boxes requesting for a while restart for installation Windows Updates.

In May 2019, Microsoft introduced a new feature of admininstallation of operating system updates Windows 10. Windows Update. Users can set when to run the updates automatically Windows 10 and when he should restart the computer to apply the changes. This characteristic is known as "Specify deadlines for automatic updates and restarts", and the settings involve changes in Group Policy.

Up to Windows 11 Build 25227, the deadline for updates (Deadline) was calculated based on update release date for quality updates and on the date on which the system restart was expected for Feature Updates. With build 25227, the deadline is calculated from the date the system scanned and discovered the available update. This new change applies to both quality and feature updates (Windows Quality & Feature Updates).

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The settings "Specify deadline for automatic updates and restarts for feature updates" in Group Policy

The settings from Group Policy for Specify deadlines for automatic updates and restarts were divided into two separate settings. A setting to set a deadline for quality updates (Specify deadlines for automatic updates and restarts for quality updates) and a feature update deadline setting (Specify deadlines for automatic updates and restarts for feature updates).

These changes brought by Microsoft in Update Stack Orchestrator provides better predictability in terms of restarting the operating system to install downloaded updates and a better update management in Windows 11.

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