Expedite non-security updates in Windows 11
Published Mar 26 2024 02:00 PM 5,019 Views
Microsoft

We’re thrilled to announce a significant expansion of the Expedite capability: the ability to expedite non-security updates. 

Expedited updates are a feature that has already proven its worth in managing security updates through Intune and Microsoft Graph. By expediting non-security quality updates, you can quickly obtain many fixes that are considered critical by your peers. Additionally, we want you to be able to deploy out-of-band (OOB) updates to devices faster than ever. In short, you can now improve the stability, performance, and functionality of devices by addressing quality issues before the next security update.

Note: This feature is being rolled out gradually and should be available broadly by April 1, 2024.

Prerequisites for expediting non-security updates

To harness the power of the extended Expedite capability for non-security updates, your devices must be on Windows 11. This new feature is intricately designed to align with the unique architecture and requirements of Windows 11, providing you with optimized experience.

If you use Intune, check the prerequisites at Use Intune to expedite Windows quality updates. This is our recommended option.

If you prefer to use Graph to expedite Windows updates, check that you meet all of the following requirements:

How it works

The experience for expedited non-security updates is exactly the same as when you expedite security updates in Intune. You’ll begin in the Intune admin center > Devices.

Step 1: Create an Expedite profile

Select Create quality update profile. Under Settings, locate the menu to Expedite installation of quality updates if device OS version less than and select the latest non-security update.

Screenshot of Intune’s profile creation settings, focused on the latest non-security quality update.Screenshot of Intune’s profile creation settings, focused on the latest non-security quality update.

Note: Security updates are labeled as B for “B release” or second Tuesday updates. Non-security updates are labeled as D, referring to the fourth week of the month. Find out more at Windows monthly updates explained.

Please note that only the latest released update will be available in the drop-down menu. If the latest update was a security update, then the drop-down list will only show the latest two security updates. You’ll only see a non-security update available if you check your options toward the end of the month, when these updates are released in preview of the following month’s security update. Remember: all updates are cumulative. Therefore, unless you defer updates, the expedite logic will always offer you an optimized list defaulted to the latest update for your selection.

Step 2: Create an expedited deployment policy

The next step is to assign the deployment policy to desired devices or user groups.

  1. Navigate to Assignments > Add groups.
  2. Select devices or user groups.
  3. Select Create.

After the policy is created, it deploys the non-security update to assigned groups.

Step 3: Monitor the expedited update status

After you create the expedite policy, you’re ready to monitor the update status. View any errors using two intuitive reports available in Intune, as described in Use Intune to expedite Windows quality updates:

  • The summary report
  • The Windows expedited update failures report

Access the Windows Expedited Update Report from Intune’s Reports > Windows updates. Device-by-device information is in the bottom part of the report. Review the status of the deployment in the Update Aggregated State column (see image below).

A summary report view of Windows expedited updates in Intune. The bottom part lists device by device, with its respective identifiers, update aggregate state, and other details.A summary report view of Windows expedited updates in Intune. The bottom part lists device by device, with its respective identifiers, update aggregate state, and other details.

Expedite any Windows update on Windows 11 today

In the fast-paced world of IT management, staying ahead of the curve is not just a goal, it's a necessity. We’re committed to providing powerful tools for IT administrators. So, try expediting non-security updates on your eligible devices and let us know what you think!


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