Get ready for Windows 10 April 2018 update
Microsoft has begun pushing the Windows 10 April 2018 update to owners of devices with an earlier version of Windows 10, and reviews are mixed. There are always some people who dread the update; not only because it can affect the way your computer functions, but also because of the way Microsoft forces it upon its user base.
I generally suggest that users do not upgrade to newer versions of the Windows operating system until the bugs have been worked out. Unfortunately, over time, Microsoft has removed most of the mechanisms that allow their users to refuse or even delay the update.
If you use Windows 10 Pro or higher, you are considered a business user, and Microsoft offers some limited capability to delay the installation until a later date. However, if you are a Windows 10 Home user, no such direct tools are available.
If you’re the typical user who just uses their computer and accepts updates as they become available, you don’t need to do anything. The latest version of Windows 10 will be arriving soon. However, if you’re a business user who wishes to postpone the update, you can follow the instructions here. Windows 10 Home users may have to resort to unconventional “hacks” to prevent their machines from updating. For you, I’d recommend reading the linked article above or searching for other online articles using a search phrase such as “how can I delay or prevent the installation of Windows 10 April 2018 update”.
Finally, the website TechRadar has been compiling and updating specific reports of adverse side effects. Have a look to see if any of the issues here would warrant a delay in updating your Windows 10 installation.
Please contact your IT support specialist if you require assistance configuring your machine to delay or prevent the update. If you don’t have an IT specialist, you may contact me.
Jack Eisenberg is the owner of Safe and Secure Computing and regularly monitors cyber security developments such as this one.