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By Abhay V
A new Windows 10 Group Policy now lets IT admins disable feature update blocks
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft releases Windows 10 feature updates in a staggered manner, which means that the rollout targets a small set of users initially, which then expands gradually to more users. However, some devices are blocked from receiving new versions due to ‘safeguard holds’. These are update blocks that are applied to devices that could be affected by known issues – based on the Redmond firm’s telemetry –, that may end up causing blue screens (BSODs) or other performance issues.
However, a recently added Group Policy aimed at IT admins and professional users can now allow them to bypass these update blocks and pull a feature update from Windows Update. The policy, called “Disable Safeguards for Feature Updates” can be found under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business in the Group Policy Editor. Admins that use an MDM (Mobile Device Management) tool can use the Update/DisableWUfBSafeguards CSP.
The company explains in a recently updated support document that the ability to disable these safeguard blocks is a temporary measure for IT admins who “stay informed with Update Compliance and the Windows Release Health dashboard” and those that are aware of the risks. The reason the firm calls the policy a “temporary” one is because it is reset after an update and must be manually enabled again.
The policy was added with the October Patch Tuesday updates and works on Windows 10 version 1809 (October 2019 Update) with devices running Windows Update for Business. Though, the policy description itself mentions Windows 10 version 1903 or newer as the OS requirement.
The ability to disable safeguards and force an update could be aimed at helping admins perform validation and testing in a business environment. Admins can also use the Update Compliance monitoring tool to ascertain the risks involved with the known issues and decide if a future update is safe enough for deployment.
Source: Microsoft Support via BleepingComputer
By Richard C.
As topic title says, the setting app itself opens and works fine, however when I ever I try and click "data usage" the app closes silently.
A log is shown of it now workning in reliability, and I've posted it here.
I've tried running dism and it says it found no corruption, I've tried using an alternate user account, and I've tried using the windows update troubleshooter, they all say everything is fine.
Any idea on what to do next?
I wasn't able to find anything useful, in terms of how to hide/remove the File Size and File Type shown under the File name when Windows Explorer is set to Tiles view, any suggestions?
Hi guys, it's been a while.
I'm looking for some information about using Storage Spaces in Windows 10 with USB3 external drives.
At the moment i have 3 HD's storing my Movies and TV series., I do have a bunch of extra USB3 HD's not in use. those 3 HD's contain about 6TB of data.
I'm wondering if it's worth putting all these HD's into a Storage Pool with Parity so if one HD would crash i can recover everything easy. Just as some form of extra security.
I'm aware that this is not the ideal backup situation, or that there are better option by going with a NAS. I'm not interested in that discussion at the moment, they are all to expensive :) I'm just looking for some info from people using Storage Spaces with parity that can confirm that it actually works reliably over time.
Anybody here that has experience with Storage Spaces in Win 10 with USB3 HD's? Please give me your opinion!
Playing around with Cortana on my WIn10 PC, and running into some Cortana related issues. Everything in the Settings app and Cortana is configured and working as far as I can tell...
First one is Calendar related:
I'm running the Win10 Calendar app, and using my Google account for the appointments etc. I also added Cortana to add reminders for me,. All this works fine.
If I now ask Cortana for my schedule for say the next day, it finds results and gives me a list.
But it ONLY shows me the name of the Calendar entry, no time block or even the day, e.g. just 'Appointment X'. This makes it useless when you have multiple appointments for one, and no time table finishes it off.
Odd things is also that the Calendar entries ( in month view) are shown as " 19 GymTime " . Hovering over it will give you the popup with a more correct " date - GymTime 19 - 20 " overview.
Clicking on a day gives me a full overview of appointments with the correct start/end times too.
It looks like some of the information is lost for Cortana?
Funny detail is that Cortana on my phone DOES show me a nice overview of dates, time (in e.g. 19:00-20:00) and appointment entry.
Same Calendar data form Google, same MS account, same Cortana.... Jay Android?
Second one is Music:
I cannot seem to link Cortana to Groove, only online services are listed under the Music notebook. I CAN start Groove via Cortana, but cannot let Groove play an artist or alike via a Cortana request.
Anyone has a trick for this?
cheers for any tips,