W10 Feature Upgrades offered to users regardless of WU Settings?

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We've been using GPOs since years to block automatic updates, as we patch/upgrade Windows 10 Enterprise clients using a third-party management system. However, since last week we started getting reports from some users that they are being offered the upgrade from 1909 to 20H2 or 21H2, directly from Microsoft. 


As shown in the picture, the admin turned off updates. However, users get a popup offering the upgrade. Furthermore, looks like users can now see and start Windows Feature Upgrades from the optional updates link.






What changed? When did it change?

How can we stop these upgrade notifications and block user access to "optional updates"?

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@pdlt3 I recommend that you reach out to support so we can dive into specifically what's happening, since there are mixed signals.


If you are using Windows Update for Business and Feature Update deferrals, or you are using Feature update profiles in Intune, then feature updates would not show up as optional.  Approved updates are treated as required.   In addition, the max deferral for feature updates would be 1 year, so devices managed this way should not be on anything older than 21H1.


Support can help dive into your settings in your admin tool, the settings on the device, and can figure out what changes are needed to get the desired behavior.


Another option, is to follow the recommended settings in this 

 Manage Windows updates in the cloud - Learn | Microsoft Docs




An ask for the future: Is there some report we can run that says "I'm getting my WU signals from ....."

@Susan Bradley   Something like that is a great idea for troubleshooting, which is an area I'm definitely interested in improving.  Thank you for the idea.




Hello David,
I did open a case with Microsoft support last week. Still no answers up to now.
I am not using Intune/CSPs, just plain GPOs disabling Automatic Updates.
I suspect something has changed / got broken with Windows 10 recent patches...