Installing Windows Updates While Working Remotely

Overview

Information Services needs to continue the process of applying patches and critical updates to UR computer assets for computers that are being used on or off campus. Remember that a computer that is patched and updated on a regular basis helps to protect you against cyber threats. In order for your Windows machine to receive these important updates, we recommend that you follow one of two options.

Details / Instructions

Option 1 (Recommended)

Windows Updates are managed by the IS update server, and can be completed whether your computer is on campus or off campus. Your computer checks for updates on a regular basis when you have an Internet connection, and if your computer is missing any updates, it will begin to download and install those updates. New updates are typically released once a month, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. As part of the process, your computer may need to restart to complete the process of installing the update once the updates are downloaded. If a restart is not required, you can then just go about your work. Once the updates have downloaded to your computer, you will be prompted to install them or they will install at a preconfigured deadline, generally set for 5 pm every third Wednesday of each month. While we recommend doing the updates at the end of the work day to minimize any impact to your regular work schedule, you can do this at any time of the day or evening. The important thing to remember is that the patch or update may require a restart.

Option 2

Follow the instructions how to update your computer through Windows Update. This will apply the OS updates directly from Microsoft.   This recommendation is unique to the circumstance of remote work; we normally prefer to manage this process with your computer connected to the University of Richmond network.   However, this is a process that we do recommend you follow for your personally owned Windows computers.

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