Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management

Let’s learn the Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management. This is the key takeaway from Windows Dynamic Update. I was not close to this topic until this point.

The session with Steve DiAcetis was very useful in helping me understand the basics of Windows 10 Dynamic Update (DU). Get updates, drivers, and optional Features—This is the Windows 10 dynamic updates screen for those who are wondering what DU is.

    Let’s delve into the concept of Windows 10 Dynamic Update – what it is, how it functions, where the content comes from, and how to patch a Windows OS Image. We’ll explore this together.

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    Windows 10 Dynamic Updates Screen

     Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management - Fig.1
    Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management – Fig.1

    Quick Tips Dynamic Updates

    • Windows 10 Dynamic update is not there in the source media (Windows 10 ISO)
    • It makes it easier to complete the Windows 10 setup.
    • Reduce the need to apply patches to recently installed systems
    • Ensure that the Features on Demand & Language pack successfully migrated during Windows 10 upgrades (1903 to 1909, for example)
    • Is dynamic Update Applicable? ONLY when you launch SETUP.EXE from Windows 10 OS.
    • Media-based feature updates and clean installs
    • Pre-UUP WSUS-based updates (Unified Update platform-UUP)

    Basics of Windows Dynamic Update

     Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management - Fig.2
    Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management – Fig.2

    Components Get Updated with Dynamic Updates

    • Dynamic Update will deliver the new version of Setup.exe (just in time fixes for the setup program)
    • Download updates for the OS you are moving to…
    • Updates for WinPE
    • Updates for WinRE
    • Updates Windows Servicing Components
    • Driver Updates
    • Latest Quality Update (LCU)

    Acquisition of Supplemental media content
    Features on Demand (FOD)
    Language support (i.e., Language packs or LPs)

    Windows 10 Dynamic Update won’t Perform?

    Dynamics is NOT
    Out-of-Box Experience Day Package (OOBE ZDP)
    Device Setup Manager (DSM)

    Windows 10 Dynamic Update is NOT available
    WinPE
    PXE BOOT

    How Windows 10 Dynamic Update Works?

    Windows Setup acquires Dynamic Update content during a feature update and applies multiple updates to WindowsOS installation media. The details are given below.

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     Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management - Fig.3
    Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management – Fig.3
    • Setup Dynamic Updates Package:
    • Safe OS Dynamic Updates Package.
    • Servicing Stack Updates (SSU): Updates to the Update Engine at the lowest level of OS
    • Latest Cumulative Update:
    • Driver Updates:
    • Feature on Demand & Language Packs

    Download Windows Dynamic Update?

    Windows Dynamic Update is enabled?

    • Automatically acquired from Windows Update. It won’t update the entire content of Windows 10 OS from the Internet.
    • With UUP on-prem (private preview), automatically get the Windows 10 Dynamic updates from SCCM or WSUS
    • Manually can be acquired from Microsoft Update Catalog

    Enable/Disable Windows Dynamic Update?

    Setup Command Line Parameter : Setup /Auto Upgrade /Dynamic Update Disable

    Setup Configuration File
    [SetupConfig]
    auto=upgrade
    DynamicUpdate=Disable

     Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management - Fig.4
    Windows 10 Dynamic Upda Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management – Fig.4

    Manually Download Windows 10 Dynamic Update

    You can download the Windows 10 Dynamic Update from the Microsoft update catalog: https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Home.aspx.

    • Setup DU
    • Safe OS DU
    • SSU DU
    • LCU

    NOTE: You must download the Language Pack and Features on Demand content (separate ISO) from the volume licensing site.

     Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management - Fig.5
    Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management – Fig.5

    Windows Dynamic Update Flow

     Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management - Fig.6
    Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management – Fig.6

    Ignite Session

    Is it demystifying Windows 10 Dynamic Update – https://myignite.techcommunity.microsoft.com/sessions/81662?

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    Anoop C Nair is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

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