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Microsoft Creators Update Brings New 'Snooze' Feature, Kills Forced Reboots Due To Windows Updates

3 March 2017, 11:45 am EST By Joshua King Tech Times
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Microsoft’s Creators Update will bring an array of new features, including the ability to reschedule security updates. Users will be able to kill forced reboots that occurred due to Windows updates.  ( Robert Scoble | Flickr )

Microsoft's much-awaited Creators Update is posed to arrive in spring and not only will it bring the reset app option as reported, it will also give Windows 10 users the option for installing or postponing a security update.

With the arrival of the update, Windows 10 users will be able to get a much-wanted functionality at their disposal — the ability to schedule updates.

The upcoming update will apparently enable users to postpone the restarts, and the "snooze" mode can postpone the updates by three days! This has been confirmed by Microsoft, which also revealed that the move had been prompted by users wanting more options.

"What we heard back most explicitly was that you want more control over when Windows 10 installs updates. We also heard that unexpected reboots are disruptive if they happen at the wrong time," shared John Cable, Director of Program Management for the team responsible for Windows' servicing and delivery.

The company also announced annual tweaks to the Creators Update. These upgrades are scheduled to arrive this month or the next.

How Will The New Feature Function?

The Creators Update will enable users to be notified when an update has finished being downloaded. A pop-up will appear from where the user can choose whether to restart the computer immediately or schedule a later date or time for the restart.

Since restarting is the final step for downloading the update, one may need to postpone the update if they are working on something important at that time. Users also have an option of "Snooze."

Snoozing the update will postpone the download by three days. After the completion of the three days, the update notification will appear again. However, users can postpone the update again.

Why Was This Needed?

Microsoft wanted to give control of the system back to users and said that it got overwhelming feedback that Windows 10 had seized complete control of the PC when the OS forcefully wanted to install and download updates.

These updates were more often than not at inconvenient times, such as while delivering reports or presentations. The manual scheduling of these updates marks a major change in the company policy as users will soon have the freedom to schedule the updates.

The new "Restart" button is also expected to be integrated with all versions of the Windows 10, and even the most basic version of Windows 10 will get this new feature.

Windows 10 will also increase the amount of "active hours" for the update's installation from 12 to 18. Scheduled updates will not take place during these allotted active hours. This feature was first introduced in the anniversary update of Windows.

Microsoft also asserts that users will encounter fewer reboots in the future, which will decrease the possibility of an update being untimely installed.

Photo: Robert Scoble | Flickr  

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