Microsoft will enable Windows 10 users to choose when security updates are installed once they arrive rather than enforcing them straightaway.
Users have complained that the reboots required for some updates, which cannot currently be deferred, are disruptive and causing errors. People using Windows 10 devices will now be able to schedule an update within three days of receiving notification, the firm said in a blog post.
However, delaying security updates can be risky, according to experts.
Apple customers can already delay Mac Operating System updates or opt for them to be automatically installed overnight – which includes carrying out any essential reboots.
The change to Windows, part of a project called Creators Update, came in response to complaints about enforced reboots, explained John Cable, a director of program management at Microsoft.
“What we heard back most explicitly was that you want more control over when Windows 10 installs updates”, he wrote. “We also heard that unexpected reboots are disruptive if they happen at the wrong time”.
The three-day window is designed to give people more control over when updates occur – and they can also change the time they have chosen while they are waiting.