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I had issues with WIn10 updates (another story), and it transpires i need v4.0 WSUS to support feature updates to WIn10.  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/wsus/2015/12/03/important-update-for-wsus-4-0-kb-3095113/
Is this link still valid?

I have feature updates showing as an option on my WSUS 3 server.  So what are feature updates?  

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Feature Updates are the big major windows 10 upgrades like the win10 anniversary update. Delivering those via WSUS or in any other form that allows users to view the update process is highly dangerous.

In other words: I would not recommend to even think about delivering this via WSUS. This is a big security issue that Microsoft has not yet answered, see https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/61c9fa5b-6f3d-418c-b459-fedc1858cbc4/windows-10-upgrades-and-shift-f10-why-does-ms-still-offer-this?forum=win10itprosecurity
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So are feature updates the equivalent to old fashioned service packs?   Assume these apply completely differently to Win7 then?
Also we wont be doing in place upgrades, so still applicable to us or not?
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You won't be doing inplace upgrades... ok, then you don't need feature updates.
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Unless i'm mistaken then; in place upgrades for older versions of windows are to me; existing WinXP to Win7, existing Win7 to Win 10 with OS already installed and upgraded.  

The link mentions 'Win10 1511->1607 (redstone update)' as an in place upgrade.  How do these updates apply?  Are they like SPs?  
So we have build 1511 in testing.  If i was to add the Win10 client to WSUS server with all options selected, drivers, features, etc then what does this actually do thats in place?  #confused.
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"in place upgrades for older versions of windows are to me; existing WinXP to Win7, existing Win7 to Win 10 with OS already installed and upgraded" - true.
The upgrade from 1511 to 1607 if you perform it with the intention to keep installed applications, files and settings, is performed either through WSUS, or scripted or manually. It is not called SP, but yes, it's kind of that.

What I am trying to point is simply: you don't need WSUS 4 for windows 10. What wsus 4 offers in addition to wsus 3, is the inplace upgrade option. And for reasons I linked, using wsus to deploy that inplace upgrade is dangerous.

"If i was to add the Win10 client to WSUS server with all options selected, drivers, features, etc then what does this actually do thats in place?" - again: you should not do it inplace through wsus. You can deploy normal security updates with wsus 3 or 4. But deploying inplace upgrades (=feature updates) is dangerous.
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will move to wsus 4 in due course for win10 clients
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