Patching Rings for Windows 10

Here is a chart showing the patching cadence of the different rings.

Deployment ring Servicing channel Deferral for feature updates Deferral for quality updates Example
Preview Windows Insider Program None None A few machines to evaluate early builds prior to their arrival to the semi-annual channel
Targeted Semi-annual channel (Targeted) None None Select devices across various teams used to evaluate the major release prior to broad deployment
Broad Semi-annual channel 120 days 7-14 days Broadly deployed to most of the organization and monitored for feedback
Pause updates if there are critical issues
Critical Semi-annual channel 180 days 30 days Devices that are critical and will only receive updates once they’ve been vetted for a period of time by the majority of the organization