Microsoft will begin automatically distributing the Windows 11 2022 Update to installations running Windows 11 version 21H2. The company has now announced this in its Windows Release Health Notes. The manufacturer is now increasing the update pressure almost four months after making the update generally available.
Among other things, Microsoft has been pursuing the goal since Windows 10 of helping users to use a version of Windows that is still supported by means of automatic Windows updates. Most Windows builds only receive support for 18 months, only selected versions receive long-term support with an LTS seal. The company is now continuing this with Windows 11.
Who uses Windows 11 longer, gets it first
The automatic update to Windows 11 22H2 should start in stages. Microsoft writes in the release health notes that the devices that have been using Windows 11 21H2 for the longest will start. Microsoft is initially limiting itself to end customer and unmanaged business installations of Windows 11.
As usual, however, users can set the best time for installing the update and the subsequent restart using the usage times of the PC, explains the manufacturer.
If you want to receive the update faster, you can call up the Windows update service. The search started should find the new update and offer to install it.
Short-term postponement possible
If necessary, the automatic update can also be prevented for a few weeks. Under Windows Update in the system settings there is an option “Suspend updates”. This can be set in weekly steps for up to five weeks. This means that the automatic update is at least temporarily prevented.
However, this chokes off Windows Updates altogether. This also includes the important security updates for Microsoft Patch Day, which takes place every second Tuesday of the month. In the worst case, this would open up security gaps on the Windows system that have been fixed for two months and are already being actively attacked. Therefore, such an update break is not advisable.
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