Microsoft relaxes some Windows 10 update and upgrade rules

Posted March 02, 2017

One of the new features coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update enables users to block the installation of Win32 apps, restricting the operating system just to Windows Store apps, which are supposed to malware-free, thus minimizing the risk of having the PC and stored files compromised.

Opting to "Restart now" will begin the upgrade process, though users can also schedule a time that is more convenient (and reschedule if the designated time turns out to be less convenient than expected) or hit the "Snooze" button.

These two areas are Windows Update and when new patches are installed and the initial privacy settings on a Windows 10 device after an install or feature upgrade. This will be particularly useful if you're like us and spend all day on your PC.

With the Creators Update you will have several new options for scheduling the timing of when updates install. Apple users already have this feature in macOS, while Windows 10 adopters should get it in April when the Creators Update goes live. Microsoft has been testing these changes with Windows Insiders, and says the feedback has been positive.

Fortin notes that Microsoft is widening the range of times it considers to be "Active Hours", so an update won't interrupt you when you're not ready.

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He also explains that Microsoft is adding a new icon to the Windows Update Settings page so you can see at a glance if your device is up to date or not.

According to some Windows 10 app developers, Windows 10 Cloud actually does run win32 apps, but they have to be installed via the Windows Store.

This move reflects a much more relaxed attitude from Microsoft when it comes to updates. Interestingly, Tech 2 has reported that the company also shared some details about the version that will come right after the Creators Update.

It stuck around as the focus shifted from touch to using Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 with a mouse and keyboard. With most apps being far from stateless these changes are long overdue, and as a Windows 10 user very welcome.