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Windows Update deferrals removed to “prevent confusion” for IT Pros

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Per Microsoft, deferrals will be removed from the Windows Update settings Advanced Options page starting with the update to Windows 10, version 2004. This update was made by Microsoft in light of changes made to update installation policies for Windows 10, as they began to only target devices running a “feature update version that is nearing end of service.” They really, really want these devices updated as soon as possible.

According to a What’s new in Windows 10, version 2004 for IT Pros, we see confirmation of this change. This was posted on June 23, 2020. The policy change to which they refer was made beginning with Windows 10 May 2019 update – as outlined back then. That update also brought “extended ability to pause updates” – where all users were able to pause both feature and monthly updates for 35 days (seven days at a time, for up to five times).

Microsoft’s latest update says that their change to Windows 10 update installation policies were, again, to only target devices running a feature update version that is nearing end of service.” They continued this week, “as a result, many devices are only updating once a year.”

“To enable all devices to make the most of this policy change, and to prevent confusion, we have removed deferrals from the Windows Update settings Advanced Options page starting on Windows 10, version 2004,” wrote a Microsoft representative. Fortunately, there will be a way to “continue leveraging deferrals” as you see fit as an IT Pro.

To continue using deferrals to updates, Microsoft suggested that you’ll be able to use local Group Policy. This can be accessed via Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Windows Update – Windows Update for Business – Select when preview builds and Feature Updates are received (or Select when Quality Updates are received.)

If this all seems like gibberish to you, there’s a decent chance that you’ve already got automatic updates set for your Windows machine, and you needn’t worry about any changes to update deferrals. If you’re an IT Pro and your worried that you wont be able to defer your Windows updates any more – you might need to speak with Microsoft directly.

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Motorola Moto X30 Pro Will Have An Unusual Camera System

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This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moto X30 Pro. The strangest thing about the model won’t be its unusually large camera sensor, especially since Xiaomi already claimed that crown. Instead, it will be the use of three focal lengths in the camera system that could mean the removal of one traditional part of that group.

Motorola’s Weibo account revealed that the Moto X30 Pro will have a 35mm focal point at its widest. This will be joined by a 50mm telephoto that could have a 2x magnification, as well as an 80mm longer telephoto option. If this is an accurate description, it would suggest that the phone will ditch the ultra-wide shooter in favor of two telephoto cameras when some of its peers opt to eschew telephoto cameras to make way for a macro alternative.

Whether this will give the Moto X30 Pro an actual advantage over other high-end phones this year remains to be seen, literally. It sounds almost like a mixed bag, at least in the camera department, though the rest of the rumored specs are on par for a 2022 flagship. The Moto X30 Pro, which could go by the name Motorola Frontier in global markets, is expected to run on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, bear a 6.67-inch 144Hz OLED screen, and boast 125W super-fast charging for its modest 4,500mAh battery.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE First Drive: Electrified Luxury Gets A Sports Upgrade

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AMG promises performance magic, upgrading the EQE EV sedan with supercar-rivaling power to go with a lavish, tech-filled cabin. Can it deliver soul with speed?

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How To Fix Amazon Prime Video Not Streaming In 4K

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Not all Amazon Prime Video titles are available in 4K quality. Older movies and shows often do not support that format, and even some newer flicks will still be unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from licensing to technical difficulties. As a result, your title of choice might look less-than-perfect, not due to a fault on Amazon’s end, but simply because that title may not support 4K in the first place. 

Amazon has a list of titles available in 4K, so checking whether the one you’re trying to watch is, is fairly easy. You can see all the 4K offerings by heading over to the official Amazon website. The list is not very intuitive in the sense that you can’t check for specifics within the results as this is already a narrowed-down list. However, you can also simply type in the title of your movie or show into the search bar above to check whether it’s available on Prime Video and in 4K.

You can also search directly on Amazon Prime Video. Any variation of “4K,” “4K movies ultra HD,” “4K film,” or even something more specific like “4K romantic comedies” should produce a list of titles that you can watch right now. If you managed to locate your title on one of these lists and yet it still looks underwhelming, there may be other issues at hand.

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