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Windows 10: Microsoft stops short of letting all users defer buggy updates

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Despite buggy patches breaking Windows 10 PCs last year, Microsoft has decided that Home users will not be able to defer updates to the OS.

In April this year, Windows 10 will gain a new feature that lets most updates be paused for up to 35 days.

However, the feature, revealed in the latest preview build of Windows 10, will not be coming to the Windows Home edition. Instead it will be restricted to users of the Professional, Education and Enterprise editions of Windows, which already have options for deferring updates.

Last year glitches in updates to Windows 10 caused problems ranging from frozen systems and broken webcams to Windows 10 PCs not being able to connect to the internet. Since Home edition users can't put off installing updates, they couldn't hold off patching machines until these issues were resolved.

Ben Schneider, owner of London-based IT support specialists ITGUY, said that while security updates should always be applied...(continued)

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