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Windows 10 updates are settling into a pattern of two major releases each year, where the number associated with the update is YYMM.  In addition to this schedule, they have created a clearer timeline for when older updates no longer receive security patches.  This means users will need to make sure their computer stays up-to-date, and if it is stuck on an older release, they will need to help move their computer through the update process.

Tips to Stay Up-to-Date

Update Time Requirements

The longest updates rarely take more than one hour, if the computer is fully up-to-date, on campus, and connected to the wired Ethernet connection. Updating frequently minimizes the disruption and increases protection against security threats.

  • A restart rather than a shut-down offers the best chance for your computer to run updates.  
  • If you need to take your computer with you regularly, or prefer shutting it down when not in use, try one of the following options:
    • Schedule one night a week where you choose to restart rather than shut down
    • Restart when you take lunch each day, or if you have a long meeting that doesn't require your computer
  • For the truly proactive among you: once a month, check for updates manually. If you've done the above, there likely will not be any, but it will catch them if they haven't processed automatically.

How to Process Backlogged Updates

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  1. Click on the Start Menu, and click on the Settings cog-wheel on the left-hand side:

  2. In the settings window that opens, click on "Update & security"

  3. The information you need is highlighted in the red box below:

    1. As depicted above, the status of your updates will be presented
    2. If your computer is not up to date, click the "Check for Updates" button, and you should see the following:
    3. If updates are found, apply and restart the computer
      IMPORTANT: Anytime you see a "reboot now" prompt, you need to click it - think within minutes, not within hours.  This helps keep the process moving and minimizes the risk of stalling
    4. Repeat until the computer status is up to date


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