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Change to Microsoft Windows Monthly Update Schedule Starting This Month

August 09, 2019

After considering feedback from faculty and staff, ITS has made a change to the monthly Windows update schedule. Employees who have a Windows-managed computer may elect to update any time between noon Thursday, Aug. 15, and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. A mandatory update will be pushed to all Windows computers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, and a reboot will be necessary. Employees who choose to wait for the pushed update should leave computers powered on and attached to the network overnight Aug. 21 and ensure laptops are left with screens open, as closing the lid of a laptop sends the computer to "sleep" mode. In this mode, it cannot receive or process updates.

In the future, new updates will be available at noon on the second Thursday of each month. Employees who have a Windows managed computer may elect to update any time between noon that Thursday and 7 p.m. the following Wednesday, when the update will be pushed to all Windows computers and a reboot may be necessary.

ITS recommends these user tips to reduce the impact of updates released by Microsoft:

  • Once an update starts, it must complete before normal operation of the computer. An update in progress should not be interrupted by powering the computer off or putting it to sleep. If a computer goes to sleep, the computer will continue the update upon waking up.
  • Some updates may require the computer to reboot, but many do not and occur in the background allowing you to continue working.
  • Work with local IT support or ITS Technology Solutions Partner to communicate unique needs.
  • ITS can only improve things if told there is a problem. Bring concerns to local support personnel so IT can find a solution.

ITS is committed to providing technology solutions and assistance to our users in support of U of I's teaching, learning and research communities. Request assistance at the ITS tech support portal.

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