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Windows 10 and Windows 11 updates will have an expiration date

There is no doubt that Windows 10 updates have been, since their inception, one more part of the “mandatory user experience”, and problematic, of said operating system, and with Windows 11 exactly the same will happen, although with nuances, since in this new version the biannual updates will say goodbye, and will give way to a new stage of annual updates.

Those are the most important because they introduce new functions and features, but it is important to be clear that not all windows updates are the same. Thus, these semi-annual updates, and future annual updates to Windows 11, coexist with the security and quality updates that Microsoft releases in shorter cycles, and that are voluntary or “mandatory”, depending on their importance.

For example, the classic Tuesday patch has become a benchmark when it comes to Windows updates. The main objective of this is to correct errors and introduce security and stability improvements, and unless we have the updates paused, it will be downloaded and installed automatically on our PC. In contrast, optional updates that contain bug fixes do not follow this process.

Pausing Windows Updates: The problem of stacks, and the importance of “expiration” of these

We can pause Windows 10 updates, and the same applies to Windows 11. Microsoft was quite generous in this regard, something that is certainly appreciated, but that, in the end, it can end up being counterproductive if we don’t use this option in a smart way. The reason is very simple, if we postpone the installation of these updates for too long we may, in the end, find ourselves with an undesirable accumulation of updates.

Yes, nobody likes to find a huge number of pending updates that have to be installed in an orderly manner and that are also of considerable size. Well that’s where it comes in the expiration date of the updates, a feature with which Microsoft wants to put a bit of order in the updates of Windows 10 and Windows 11, especially those that are considered by default as optional.

Thanks to the expiration of updates, Microsoft will improve the performance of Windows Update, and older “quality” updates will be automatically removed that are on the server (they will be marked as expired). This is a very good thing, as redundant and obsolete updates will no longer be available, and future updates will be reduced in size.

When we decide to update we won’t have anything to worry aboutAs the newer updates will have replaced the older ones, and they will come with all the fixes and news from the previous updates. We will not miss anything, and we will enjoy a more efficient and better executed update management, both due to resource consumption and download and installation times.

Good for Microsoft in this regard, although the Redmond giant still has a major litmus test pending with the first annual Windows 11 update. We will see if he manages to come out well standing. We remind you, before finishing, that Microsoft has also reduced the size of updates in Windows 11 by 40%.

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