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Windows 10 1903: This blogpost will help you enable the new product category called Windows 10 1903 and later in your WSUS environment.

Challenge

In May 2019, Microsoft introduced new product categories in WSUS, to enable future support for the Unified Update Platform (UUP) for on-premise management solutions, ie. CapaInstaller

One of the new product categories are called Windows 10 1903 and later. The category contains all updates for Windows 10 1903 and newer (except feature updates).

Because the caterogy is not enabled by default, Windows 10 versions from 1903 and onward are not being patched from the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) environment.

Technology

Generally speaking, the Unified Update Platform (UUP) is an improved delivery technology for Windows Updates. The technology has the ability to service all Windows based devices, such as computers, tablets, smartphones etc.

One of the major benefits of the UUP technology is, that the download of updates is now “differential” and not “full” like before. This decreases the download size of updates by up to 35%.

Another benefit of the UUP technology is, that it can handle the preservation of Language Packs (LP) and Features On Demand (FOD) across feature updates – also known as Windows 10 in-place upgrades (IPU).

Because many of our customers already have experienced various issues with the preservation of language packs and features on demand across feature updates, we have released our Windows 10 IPU service that solves many of these issues (and other issues as well)

History

Actually, the UUP technology is not new – it was introduced in December 2016. Microsoft has used the last couple of years to make the technology faster and more robust.

You can read more about the technology following the links below.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3176529/understanding-windows-10s-unified-update-platform.html

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/11/03/introducing-unified-update-platform-uup/

Solution

Fortunately, the solution is fairly simple.

You just have to enable the new product category called Windows 10 1903 and later in your WSUS environment.

According to Microsoft, they will not be adding further product categories for Windows 10 to WSUS in the future. Hence, they will not add options to select updates for each release, because the current option covers Windows 10 operating systems from version 1903 and onward.

You can read more about the option by following the link below.

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/updating-windows-10-version-1903-using-configuration-manager-or/ba-p/639100