Update optimization

Windows 10 gets Unified Update Platform for smaller and faster updates

The Creators Update for Windows 10 brings new update publishing system to make updates smaller and faster to install across devices.

Windows 10 Update settings

Microsoft introduced the Unified Update Platform (UUP) for Windows 10, and it’s a new update mechanism that will bring smaller and faster to install updates.

The Unified Update Platform uses differential downloads that only includes the changes necessary since the last update to bring devices to the latest version of Windows 10. This is a big shift since feature updates, up until now, required a full download and reinstallation of the operating system.

Unified Update Platform benefits

This allows to reduce the download size of a new feature update by 35 percent on average. Smaller updates also mean faster downloads using less bandwidth. Installation process will be faster because there is no need to reinstall the entire operating system. As a result updates will reduce processor cycles, which translate in less power consumption, optimizing battery life on laptops, tablets, and phones.

The new update publishing system is expected to arrive with the Windows 10 Creators Update in March. However, it’s only available for feature updates, which means that users won’t see the benefit until the feature update that comes after the Creators Update.

Microsoft is testing the Unified Update Platform now on Windows 10 Mobile devices enrolled in the Windows Insider Program. When the Creators Update releases, it’ll also be available for PCs, tablets, IoT and HoloLens devices. Xbox One won’t be part of the Unified Update Platform as the console gets updated in a different way.

Improved update checking mechanism

Alongside the new update mechanism, Microsoft is also making changes in the way devices check for updates making the experience more efficient.

In the next major feature update, when a device triggers an update check, most of the process will be handled by the Windows Update service in the cloud. This means that devices will have to spend fewer resources, which will translate in reduction of power consumption and a faster update experience, especially on mobile.

Same update experience across devices

Finally, Microsoft is taking the same concept of updating PCs, and bringing it to Mobile. In the past, you were required to install more than one update to get to the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile. Moving forward, with the Unified Update Platform, mobile devices will only need to install one update to get to the latest version, just like on PC.

While users will notice a difference when moving to a new version of Windows 10, nothing will seem different of the surface, and these new changes will occur in the background, behind the scenes.

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