Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Windows Autopatch FAQ

With the announcement of Windows Autopatch, we know you may have questions about availability, pricing, prerequisites, capabilities, and support. We hope you find this FAQ useful, and we plan to update periodically until we reach general availability. If you have a question not represented here, please leave a comment below. Thank you for your interest in Windows Autopatch!

Jump to:  Availability and pricing  |  Eligibility/prerequisites  |  Product features  |  Support and capabilities

Availability and pricing

When will Windows Autopatch be available?
Windows Autopatch will be released in July 2022. Stay up to date by bookmarking the Windows IT Pro Blog.

How much does Windows Autopatch cost?
Windows Autopatch is offered as a feature to Windows 10/11 Enterprise E3 at no additional cost.


What are the prerequisites for Windows Autopatch?

Intune only:

  • Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
  • Microsoft Intune
  • Windows 10/11 supported versions


  • Hybrid Azure AD-Joined or Azure AD-joined only
  • Microsoft Intune
  • Configuration Manager, version 2010 or later
  • Switch workloads for device configuration, Windows Update and Microsoft 365 Apps from Configuration Manager to Intune (min Pilot Intune)
  • Co-management workloads

What are the licensing requirements for Windows Autopatch?

  • Windows 10/11 Enterprise E3 and up
  • Azure AD Premium (for co-management)
  • Microsoft Intune (includes Configuration Manager, version 2010 or greater via co-management)

Are there hardware requirements for Windows Autopatch?
No, Windows Autopatch does not require any specific hardware. However, hardware requirements for updates are still applicable. For example, to deliver Windows 11 to your Autopatch devices they must meet those hardware requirements. Windows devices must still be in support by Hardware OEM.

Is a device reimage required for Windows Autopatch?
Reset or reimage is not required.

Product features

What systems does Windows Autopatch update?
Windows Autopatch manages all aspects of deployment groups for Windows 10 and Windows 11 quality and feature updates, drivers, firmware, and Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise updates.

Please note: Drivers and firmware that are published to Windows Update as Automatic will be delivered as part of Windows Autopatch .

How does Windows Autopatch ensure updates are done successfully?
Updates are applied to a small initial set of devices, evaluated, and then graduated to increasingly larger sets, with an evaluation period at each progression. This process is dependent on customer testing and verification of all updates during these rollout stages. The outcome is to assure that registered devices are always up to date and disruption to business operations is minimized, which will free an IT department from that ongoing task.

What happens if there is an issue with an update?
If an issue is encountered, the Autopatch service can be paused by the customer or the service itself. When applicable, a rollback will be applied or made available.

Support and capabilities

Are there any plans to support server OS during the Windows Autopatch preview?
Support for Windows Server OS and Windows multi-session is not currently on the Windows Autopatch roadmap.

Will Windows Autopatch support on-premise domain join for Windows?
Yes, on-premises domain join is supported in Hybrid Azure AD mode, with Microsoft Intune.

What Windows versions are being supported?
Windows Autopatch works with all supported versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Is Windows 365 for Enterprise supported with Windows Autopatch?
Windows 365 for Enterprise is supported by Windows Autopatch, with the same support for Windows versions. Windows 365 for Business is not supported.

Is an update compliance report included in Windows Autopatch?
Update compliance reporting is included in Windows Autopatch.

Are non-Microsoft (third party) device OEM drivers supported with Windows Autopatch?
A subset of non-Microsoft device drivers is supported. Drivers and firmware that are published to Windows Update as ‘Automatic’ will be delivered as part of Windows Autopatch. Drivers published as ‘Manual’ will not be supported. These would need to be installed by other means. All drivers for Microsoft Surface family of devices will be managed by Windows Autopatch.

What is the difference between Windows Updates for Business and Windows Autopatch?
Windows Autopatch is a managed service which removes the need for organizations to plan and operate the Update process. Hence Windows Autopatch moves the IT orchestration burden to Microsoft. Both are part of Windows Enterprise E3. Learn more about Windows Update for Business.

Want to learn more?

Read the Windows Autopatch announcement and contact your Microsoft Sales Representative.


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