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Microsoft Updates for all Windows-Managed Computers Available Today at Noon

November 13, 2019

On the second Thursday of every month at noon, an update will be released to Windows-managed computers. The update will become mandatory on the third Wednesday of the month for any computers not updated by then. This means that employees have one week to update their computer on their own schedule by going to "Software Center" on their computer and then "Updates" in the left-hand column of the screen. If the update is not completed before 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month, the computer will begin the update automatically. (Many employees prefer this.) Some updates require a reboot while many do not.

This is the second week in November. ITS recommends these 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 and allow users to continue working.
  • Work with local IT support or an ITS Technology Solutions Partner to communicate unique needs.
  • Bring concerns to local support personnel so IT can find a solution.

ITS is committed to providing technology solutions and assistance to 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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