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Usually, when Microsoft releases a new update for its Windows 10 OS, the ones who are very interested in installing it are developers and regular users, while companies are more reluctant to upgrade their software systems. Unlike the consumer versions of Windows 10, the Business version follows a different upgrade path. While the Current Branch for consumers was updated to version 1511, the Current Branch for businesses was stuck at version 1507, but companies are now able to install version 1511.



First of all, build 1511 won’t be automatically downloaded and installed on business machines, but Microsoft will let companies know that this version can be deployed to their devices. Also, updated media for Windows 10 version 1511 will be released via Windows Update, Windows Update for Business, Windows Server Update Services, the Volume Licensing Service Center and MSDN. This updated media will contain KB3140768 (the March Cumulative Update) and devices that are running Windows 10 version 1511 before the CBB declaration don’t require any intervention, “other than standard monthly servicing”, because the March update is already installed on them.

But companies that are still using version 1507 will need to know the following:

– if devices will be upgraded using Windows Update for Business and configured to “Defer upgrades”, they will receive Windows 10 1511 as soon as the updated media has been published;

– if devices will be upgraded using Windows Server Updates Services, updates that will be added to the existing Windows 10 1511 feature updates will be re-approved when the new updated media will be received;

– if devices are kept up to date using the System Center Configuration Manager Windows 10 servicing plans, the updated media will be detected as “business ready”;

– if devices that will receive updates through the System Center Configuration Manager or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit task sequences, it’s required to switch to the latest media, which will be downloaded from the Volume Licensing Service Center. On the other hand, the March cumulative update (KB3140768) will be injected into the existing media.

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