By introducing Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a new service model known as “Windows as a service” (WaaS), which simply means that instead of getting a new version every three years, you will receive incremental updates that accelerate the integration of new features and simplify the preservation process On current devices in a fast-paced digital world.
As a result of this new form of service, you now have two types of updates, including “feature updates” and “quality updates.” Both are equally important, but each one delivers different combinations of improvements at different times.
In this Windows 10 guide, look at the most important difference between feature updates and quality to get a better understanding of the updates that you install on your machine.
• Windows 10 feature updates
Windows 10 quality updates
What are Windows 10 feature updates?
Feature updates are technically new releases of Windows 10, which become available twice a year (approximately every six months) during the spring and fall. Also known as “semi-annual” versions.
During the development of a new major update, Microsoft uses metering data and comments from internal tests as well as participants in the Windows Insider program to set up the new version. Once the update proves to be reliable, the trial version for consumers starts, then on business customers through Windows Update or as a manual installation.
These updates typically include new features, visual improvements, and important changes to improve your overall experience and security. However, unlike the previous service model (for example, Windows Vista and Windows 7), feature updates include a smaller list of changes, which helps reduce application compatibility issues and reduce the learning curve for users.
In addition, feature updates are greater than quality updates. The download size can be close to 3 GB for 64-bit or 2 GB for 32-bit. Or up to approximately 4 GB for 64-bit or 3-GB versions of the 32-bit version when using installation media.
However, starting with the Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 uses a new update mechanism that only downloads files that have changed, making the download package nearly 35 percent smaller.
When you install the feature update, you are already installing a new version. Therefore, a complete reinstallation of Windows 10 is required. This also means that it will take longer for the application, and you will likely experience more problems installing a quality update.
Although not required, we recommend that you create a full backup or at least back up your files before you install the feature update.
If you are running the Professional version of Windows 10, you can postpone feature updates up to 18 months from the date of the original release, or up to 30 months, starting with the October 2018 update, if you are using Windows 10 Enterprise or Education Editions.
While you can prevent the computer from installing these updates at the end of the support cycle, you must upgrade to a supported version to continue to obtain security and non-security patches.
What are Windows 10 quality updates?
Quality updates (also called “cumulative updates” or “cumulative quality updates”) are mandatory updates that your device automatically downloads and installs each month through Windows Update, typically every Tuesday of every month (also known as Tuesday Patch). However, from time to time, you’ll see quality updates issued outside the monthly schedule.
NOTE: In Windows Update, the Update Rollup, Security Update, or Update for Windows 10 update can appear. Also, you can always see updates installed on your device in Settings> Windows Update, and then click the option to view the update history.
Unlike feature updates, this type of update does not include new features, visual changes, or important improvements. Instead, they are maintenance updates designed to fix errors, errors and vulnerabilities in security and improve reliability with the current version of Windows 10.
It also grows in size every month, because its cumulative nature means that each update includes changes that are available in previous updates. As a result, this cumulative approach reduces the number of issues and the number of updates that you need to download on your device.
Quality updates are downloaded and installed faster than feature updates because they are smaller, and do not require a full reinstallation of the operating system, which also means that you do not need to back up before installing them. However, it is always best to have an existing backup of your data where errors and hardware failures can occur at any time.
Whether you are running Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home, you can delay quality updates for up to 35 days. However, you can pause these updates only once, and when you resume updates, your computer must install the latest quality update before it
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