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Windows updates need up to 8 hours to reliably install, says Microsoft

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Windows PCs should to be online for at least 6-8 hours to get and install the latest updates, according to Microsoft. 

That tip comes to us courtesy of a post on the Microsoft IT Pro Blog by David Guyer, who outlines how Microsoft data shows Windows PCs need at least 2 continuous connected hours and 6 total connected hours after an update is released to reliably update.

This is significant because Microsoft discovered that Windows PCs which aren’t connected to the Internet for at least this long are unlikely to successfully download and install Windows updates, potentially weakening their security.

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The post also reveals that Microsoft tracks how long PCs are connected to Windows Update and logs it as an “Update Connectivity” statistic. This data is available via Microsoft’s inTune app, a component of the company’s Endpoint IT management toolset.


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