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On-Campus Changes to Windows Updates

Updated June 16, 2017 at 1:16 PM CST


If the WannaCry virus attack taught us anything,  it underscored the need for computers to be updated on a regular basis and to be restarted after the updates are applied.  Updating Windows without restarting can prevent the update from becoming fully implemented and render it ineffective against threats.

To prevent this from happening, we are changing our update policy to ensure that each computer is required to restart, when necessary, after security updates are installed. 

We realize that this can be a major inconvenience for people so we will also be providing the ability to temporarily defer updates up to 24 hours at a time until the installation deployment deadline is reached.  While the updates are available, each computer will periodically display a screen, for a brief time, notifying them that there are changes required.

You may see something like this appear at the bottom of the screen:


Clicking on the notice will then bring up a Software Center screen that gives you some options:

At this screen, you can choose to install the updates now, give it a better time to perform the updates via business hour settings or select snooze and pick a duration between 15 minutes and 1 day. 

Please note the date and time provided above the options, this is the installation deadline.  As you get closer to the deadline, the notices will become more frequent.  At first you should see one a day.  Once you have 24 hours remaining, you will start to see them every couple of hours.  Once the deadline is reached, if you have not already allowed the computer to run the updates, it will immediately begin installing the update and restart when finished. If your computer is off during the deadline, the updates will begin the next time it is powered on.  We strongly urge you to consider leaving your computer on overnight and allowing the updates to run using the business hours setting.  This will help avoid having your computer perform updates in the middle of the day.


For off-campus computers, we strongly encourage you to continue to allow Windows to run automatic updates and restart afterward when possible.

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