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Required Microsoft Updates

Overview

Microsoft updates occur monthly and can interfere with tasks when a forced update occurs. Below is a timeline of how these updates occur to help prevent the interruption of a forced update.

Updates are necessary due to frequent security patches to fix vulnerabilities that may make a machine more susceptible to a malicious attack. They are also necessary for functionality improvements.

Timeline

  • Updates are deployed on the first work day of each month.
  • Update installations will be forced on the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 am.
  • Users will see balloon pop-ups every 48 hours if the forced installation time is greater than 24 hours away.
  • Users will see balloon pop-ups every 4 hours if the forced installation time is less than 24 hours away.
  • Users will see balloon pop-ups every 15 minutes if the forced installation time is less than 1 hour away.
  • Once the updates have been installed the user will have 3 hours to restart the computer before it restarts automatically.
  • The user will see a window that cannot be closed during the last 90 minutes before the computer is forced to restart.

Helpful Tips

  • Set a reminder on your computer to update your computer at a time that is convenient to you (i.e. beginning of the work day, end of the work day, lunch break)
  • Do not wait until an update is forced. This can cause interruption in your daily tasks, important meetings, etc.
  • When updates occur, it takes approximately 10-60 minutes. Please plan accordingly.
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10:15, 16 Sep 2016

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