Microsoft - How Long Computers Need To Be Online To Update Windows Properly
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With many Windows systems out there not yet updated, Microsoft has explained just how long computers need to be online to update Windows properly. Since the release of Windows 11, there has been a fair share of updates released and it’s important to keep your system fully updated as it helps minimize the security risks associated with it. 

Many users avoid or rather ignore this important task as it involves getting connected to the internet for an unexpectedly long period of time to get your system updated to a reliable Windows update. To avoid this uncertainty Microsoft has revealed the exact data surrounding update delivery.

David Guyer, Program Manager for Windows Updates in Endpoint Manager in a blog post on Windows IT Pro Blog said, Microsoft has conducted investigations on why so many computers are not fully updated.

He further said, “One of the most impactful things we explored was how much time a device needs to be powered on and connected to Windows Update to be able to successfully install quality and feature updates.”

Guyer further clarified just how much time you need to be online to get your system updated. He said, “What we found is that devices that don’t meet a certain amount of connected time are very unlikely to successfully update. Specifically, data shows that devices need a minimum of two continuous connected hours, and six total connected hours after an update is released to reliably update. This allows for a successful download and background installations that are able to restart or resume once a device is active and connected.”

This measurement is referred to as Update Connectivity by Microsoft. According to Microsoft around half of the devices that are not on a serviced build of Windows 10 fail to meet the minimum measurement. Another quarter of Windows 10 devices that are on a serviced build, but have security updates more than 60 days out of date have less than the minimum Update Connectivity.

According to Guyer the solution to this problem is not turning off the computer at night. This will ensure that more devices across your organization meet the minimum Update Connectivity measurement by communicating with device owners. They should educate the employees to understand the importance of keeping their devices connected so their devices can stay protected and they can stay productive.

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