IT admins can now force a feature upgrade onto a Windows 10 machine even in the face of a Microsoft attempt to block the system from receiving the refresh.

“Microsoft uses quality and compatibility data to identify issues that might cause a Windows 10 feature update to fail or roll back,” Microsoft confirmed in an Oct. 23 post to a company blog. “When we find such an issue, we might apply holds to the updating service to prevent affected devices from installing the update in order to safeguard them from these experiences.”

Note: This term — safeguard hold — is new for Microsoft. Although it has long listed issues that have kept it from installing Windows 10 feature upgrades on some PCs, most commentators described them as blockers instead. Microsoft likely swung to the more euphemistic safeguard and hold because it thought the options too negative.

Normally, Microsoft prevents PCs with specified blockers — okay, safeguard holds — from downloading feature upgrades through Windows Update or Windows Update for Business (WUfB). Other methods, including WSUS (Windows Server Updates Services), are not affected.

Forget the safeguard holds

What Microsoft now offers is the means to force Windows Update or WUfB to accept a PC, holds notwithstanding, and offer a feature upgrade.

Eligible PCs must be running Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education — all but Home, in other words — version 1809 or later, and have applied the security update issued on Oct 13.

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