Microsoft has detailed how you should use Windows Update policies to keep your devices updated and secure, from single-user devices right through to kiosks and billboards – and rollercoasters.
The tech giant’s first bit of advice for admins using Windows Group Policy to manage enterprise Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices is don’t mess too much with the defaults.
Admins shouldn’t try too hard to customize device security patching and feature updates because the defaults are “often the best”, according to Microsoft. This focus on defaults keeps users happy and productive, while ensuring devices are patched and up to date.
Admins can use Group Policy to control the timing of updates for Patch Tuesday, emergency patches, and new feature releases of Windows. The default for Windows Update in the enterprise is much like the experience for consumers on Windows PCs. But there are many other ways Windows and Windows Update is used to keep all manner of devices operational when needed and also patched regularly during downtime.
The default Windows Update policy is for devices to scan daily, automatically download and install any applicable updates “at a time optimized to