How to Avoid an Unexpected Windows Update

How to Avoid an Unexpected Windows Update

Before we even get into this most searched for topic, we are going to issue a word of caution. While you can delay a Windows update or installation until you have a moment to let it run, it is never a good idea to keep delaying an update or to stop it completely. Although an update is just about every person’s worst nightmare, each update is a vital one. If you don’t allow the update or installation to run, you leave yourself and your data vulnerable to security issues and other problems. So the slight inconvenience of having to stop working for a while is actually worth it, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time.

Windows updates have become the single most important tool that the software developer continuously uses to fight off new threats while also improving the system overall. By patching bugs and running security updates that will handle the latest cyber security issues, the Windows system remains perfectly functional.

The best way to make sure that your computer is not compromised is to install the updates as soon as they become available, but that’s in a perfect world. Many people either forget to run the updates, because they forget to check if there is even an update available, while others click on that postpone button way too often, resulting in a never ending delay.

One why that Windows gets around this human error, is by automatically downloading updates and installing the updates so that you don’t have to worry about forgetting. This is something that works perfectly except when a Windows update or patch installation suddenly pops up and shuts down your computer. And it would of course happen at the worst possible moment, either while you are in a hurry to start your day, in the middle of a computer reboot, or just as you are closing up shop.

Once the installation gets going, there is no way to stop it. All you can do is wait, and as you probably already know, an installation can sometimes take hours to complete.

Luckily, there is one way to plan ahead, to ensure that the installation is done at a more appropriate time.

Creating a good update schedule

Windows updates take place in the background but there will come a time, when the update is complete, that you will be given a warning that the update is waiting for a chance to install itself.

When you are notified that the update is ready for installation, you can go into the settings and either immediately start the installation process or you can schedule the restart for a time that best suits you.

Scheduling your update will give you the chance to choose the day and the time at which you’d like the installation to happen. You will be given the option of moving the installation up to 6 days ahead, and you can also ask Windows to remind you that the reboot for the installation is going to happen soon.

You can also set the update feature to respect your working hours. This way, Windows will not be tempted to interrupt you during the times when you are busiest.

If an updated and installation is something you dread, planning ahead will save you plenty of frustration, while ensuring your system stays in perfect working condition.

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