A brand new doc by Microsoft reveals that Microsoft Partners may request Windows Update blocks for his or her units or if they discover out that sure drivers are incompatible with new function updates of the working system.
It occurs occasionally that system drivers are not appropriate with new variations of Microsoft’s Windows working system (Microsoft revealed in 2018 that device driver quality was better than ever).
When Microsoft turns into conscious of incompatibilities, it informs its companions about them throughout improvement of the brand new model of Windows in order that they may repair the problem earlier than the ultimate launch.
Sometimes, that doesn’t occur in time or points develop into identified after the discharge. Microsoft may block units with the or driver from upgrading to the brand new model of Windows; that is referred to as an replace block and it’s a momentary measure designed to forestall that prospects who run Windows units run into points and to provide companions time to supply a working and appropriate driver.
We have seen a number of improve blocks this 12 months alone, e.g. to forestall sure units from upgrading to Windows 10 version 1903.
Up till now, it was Microsoft that put these blocks in place primarily based on its information. The firm has modified the method in order that Microsoft Partners may request replace blocks if they want extra time to replace sure system drivers.
The doc, which is publicly obtainable however has a NDA watermark, informs companions that they may requiest Windows Update supply blocks for as much as 60 days.
Feature Update Windows Update (WU) Offer Block Mitigation Request
In order to make sure that finish customers have a very good post-update expertise, when a driver has a identified incompatibility with a function replace, Partners can request a short lived WU supply block (~30-60 days) in order that Windows Update is not going to supply the function replace to units operating a driver model with a identified incompatibility.
The supply block might be eliminated as soon as a accomplice has posted an up to date driver (as Automatic and/or Dynamic) by way of Hardware Dev Center portal.
The doc reveals one other change associated to drivers and Windows Update. Microsoft will mechanically block new drivers from being supplied by means of Windows Update earlier than and after Patch Tuesday and the discharge of a brand new function replace:
- Patch Tuesday: no new drivers the day earlier than, at, and after Patch Tuesday.
- Feature Updates: no new drivers the 2 days earlier than, at, and the 2 days after the discharge date.
Microsoft hopes that the change will scale back the variety of driver-related points that Windows customers will run into sooner or later. Whether that’s actually the case or whether or not it is going to be utilized by companions to delay improvement stays to be seen.