Windows Update changes

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Objective

Get answers to frequently asked questions regarding the changes to Windows Updates being made at the end of 2020.

Environment

Windows workstations

Questions

Why is the Windows Update process changing?

As we continue to develop more ways to protect data and people in response to an ever changing technology landscape we are making changes to the Windows Update process. Education is being increasingly and specifically targeted and these changes will help us stay secure. The changes are also in-line with the University's SPG 601.27 which will soon require that security updates be installed within 30 days of release.

What is changing?

One reboot per month will be required to install updates. There will be periodic reminders to reboot and install updates for a period of one week. At the end of the week there will be a final 3 hour warning before the computer reboots to complete the installation.

Active Hours

Active hours reduce the chance that Windows will install updates during your normal work schedule. By default these hours are 8am-5pm. You can adjust these hours to fit your work schedule by following the directions here

Who does this impact?

This impacts everyone with a LSA Windows machine. We know there may be some rare situations where a workstation reboot may greatly inhibit research work. For situations like these please reach out to us.

What about classrooms?

Classroom computers will continue the current process of getting their updates and reboot between 12:01am and 4am. 

I'm concerned about my machine rebooting during a class, presentation, or other inopportune time. How do I avoid that happening?

Reboot your machine as soon as possible after seeing the notification Windows. We know there will be times when a reboot would be a detriment to your work so we will be providing advanced warning and reminders so you can find a time that works for you. 

I'm concerned this would affect my ability to do research. What should I do?

We know there may be some rare situations where a workstation reboot may greatly inhibit research work. For situations like these please reach out to us.

Details

Article ID: 3944
Created
Mon 11/2/20 8:48 AM
Modified
Tue 1/12/21 2:23 PM