Windows update .... update
Published: 8-31-2011 11:00 am
As some of you may have noticed, we haven't had Windows
Updates applying to your machines and forcing a reboot for the last couple of
weeks. This was an intentional step on our part to try to make the start of
term a bit more smooth for everyone.
A number of you have given us feedback that the forced reboot
process during the week is troublesome. We listened and we've come up with a
solution that we think should keep our systems current and at the same time be
more convenient for you.
Windows updates (when there are Windows Updates to apply) will
still become available Wednesday morning at 6:30AM as they have in the past.
You now, however, have two options that can be exercised at any time
on Wednesday or Thursday for choosing when those updates will be
1) You can click on the Windows Install shield in the system tray (the icons in the lower right hand corner of your
screen) and click on the box
This will allow you to apply the available updates and
schedule a time to reboot the computer that works well for you during the
2) You can choose to install updates when you shut down your
computer at night. When you have pending updates, the "Shutdown" control for
your system will have an additional option, "Install updates and shut
You can chose this option as you leave for the evening and it
will shut your computer down after installing updates.
3) You can wait until Friday morning and the system will
install the updates automatically and reboot the system as it has in the past.
We hope this change strikes a good balance between keeping our
systems up to date and providing the lack of interruption that you've asked
Thanks for your patience and happy Windows