Microsoft says that Windows 10 is now installed on more than 500 million gadgets worldwide. It has been around long enough that many of the early kinks have been worked out. However, there are still some nagging issues hanging around.
Take the update process, for example. Sometimes Windows 10 will suddenly just update itself at the wrong time. When this happens, you must stop whatever task you have on hand and wait for your machine to complete the lengthy update process before you can proceed.
Thankfully, it looks like Microsoft already has a solution for these update woes. Read on and see how the company is using AI to make the Windows 10 update process less of a pain.
Windows 10 will now learn your usage habits
Microsoft will soon use machine learning to have Windows 10 decide if you are using your computer when it updates. Hopefully, this will stop those annoying forced updates that seem to come at the most inopportune time.
Remember last year, Windows 10 got a snooze option for updates that asked users whether they wanted an update to proceed. This year, Microsoft also implemented a new system that is designed to optimize the online and offline phases of the Windows update process, speeding it up considerably.
Now, with the aid of machine learning, Windows 10 will study your usage habits to determine when to proceed with an update.
"If you have an update pending we’ve updated our reboot logic to use a new system that is more adaptive and proactive. We trained a predictive model that can accurately predict when the right time to restart the device is," Microsoft's Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc explained in a blog post.
"Meaning, that we will not only check if you are currently using your device before we restart, but we will also try to predict if you had just left the device to grab a cup of coffee and return shortly after."
Will this fix all our Windows 10 update woes?
While it still remains to be seen if this new system will eliminate all our complaints with Windows 10's forced updates, it's definitely a step in the right direction.
Hopefully, the days of "thumb twiddling while waiting for an update to complete" will be behind us.
Bonus: How to defer Windows updates
Still not convinced that machine is learning? Here are other ways to postpone or defer Windows Updates:
Windows 7 or 8.1
It's quite simple to stop Automatic Updates on Windows 7 or 8.1. Just go to Start >> Control Panel >> System and Security then click "Turn automatic updating on or off" under the Windows Update section. Just set this setting to "Never check for updates (not recommended)" then click OK.
Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise
If you have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can defer or postpone for a few months.
To adjust this schedule, click the "Update & security icon" under Settings and go to the "Windows Update" tab. You'll see what updates are available.
Here you can tweak your "Active hours" (times you commonly use your computer) and Restart options. Adjust these times so as not to interfere with your daily routine. Under "Advanced options," for more automated updates, you can choose to have other Microsoft apps to update with Windows.
Then there's the "Defer feature update" option to postpone certain updates. Don't worry if you can't find this option if you have the Windows 10 Home version since deferring updates only works for the Pro and Enterprise versions of Windows 10.
Windows 10 Home Edition - use Metered Connection
With the Windows 10 Home Edition, there's no real way to turn off Automatic Updates.
Windows 10 Home users are limited to what they can do with updates but you can slow them down by toggling Metered Connection to "On" under your Network settings.
Since a Metered Connection is designed to save bandwidth, Windows won't automatically download the updates.
Here's how you do this:
- Search for "Change Wi-Fi settings" on your taskbar.
- Click on "Advanced Options."
- Toggle "Metered connection" to On.
Keep in mind that this only works if you're connected via Wi-Fi. If your computer is connected via ethernet cable, you'll have to switch to a Wi-Fi connection to get the Metered connection option.
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