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Microsoft announced 25 Windows policies no longer needed: Admin attention required

One of the most popular computing operating systems received a periodic update on group policies. The policies mainly target admins who manage several systems in an organisation.

Windows is notorious for frequent updates, and it is for the best. But the official report on the Microsoft blog received mixed attention. Twenty-five group policies are for Windows 10 and Windows 11. Admins are suggested to disable these updates or group policies to get max performance out of a system.

The overall performance boost is excellent, but the update sync is hard to get around. The group policy path is

[…]/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Updates/ Legacy Policies

A few other policies mentioned explicitly in the blog was 'Install Updates and Shut down.' Similar to this remains 24 others that are not needed in Windows 10 or Windows 11. They have no more effect.

Delay Restart for scheduled installations, specify deadline before auto-restart for update installation, configure auto-restart reminder notifications for updates, configure auto-restart required notice for updates, turn off auto-restart notifications for update installations, are to name a few.

There are a few important ones. They turn off software notifications, allow automatic updates immediate installation, re-attempt to restart module, reschedule automatic updates, select when updates are received, defer upgrades and updates, turn on recommended updates via automatic updates, etc.

Lastly, not allowing update deferral policies to cause scans against Windows Update and update power policy for cart restarts.

Updates are part of the program and something we agree to at the installation time. Then why do admins are pretty frustrated at the motive? Sometimes it's best to leverage the default portfolio for the best experience. Because according to Microsoft, default experience provides the most effective options and keeps devices UpToDate.

At the time of Windows 10 releasing version 1511 update was to fix the way we handle notifications, update, restart, and installation behaviour changed. There will be the Windows Policies, and another folder named 'Legacy Policies' will remain side by side.

Microsoft is nowhere near done with their Windows OS for desktop computers. It is a core computing sector; an entire ecosystem of software and developers lives off of it. So, the updates are mandatory for security, effectiveness and experience reasons. Even though in Reddit forum, where the news was shared, received mixed reactions.

Windows group policies mentioned in the article are no longer required for devices running Windows 10, version 20H2 or later. Those policies will not work unless set to specific characters. Once set, they may work or not, depending on the requirement.

Microsoft said, "we have listened to your feedback and learned a lot about which experience work and which don't.' later added, they announced the changes 'to accomplish a similar experience in a much better way."

Senior program manager at Microsoft Aria Carley was the blog post's author where people gave out upset reactions in the Reddit community. Some said using the wrong version of dependencies might not give out the best functionality among the other operating systems, such as Linux.

We can modify the updates from "Local Group Policy Editor", the same feature across Windows 10 and 11. It is invaluable for admins to set out policies no longer required in the operating system. Though they are not crippling the machine, fewer non-required rules and policies mean fewer real-time code execution lines.

Suggestion remains the same across the board as Microsoft Windows Update Baseline Toolkit allows admins to download, test, edit and store Microsoft related policy configurations. Microsoft suggests you follow the instances highly for effective system responsiveness and potential errors if you're an admin.


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