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Windows Requires a Minimum of 8 Hours Online to Update Successfully

Microsoft has identified a key factor in why devices may struggle to achieve the state of fully up to date. The update can take nearly eight hours to complete the update. The company’’s program manager has clearly explained about the update.

In a post on the Microsoft Tech Community website, David Guyer, Program Manager for Windows Updates in Endpoint Manager, explains how a device running needs two periods of time connected to the internet to successfully update. The first period spans “two continuous connected hours” followed by “six total connected hours” after an update is released.

That total time of eight connected hours ensures any update Microsoft releases for its operating systems will be installed successfully. Guyer says the time a device is powered on and connected to Microsoft services such as Windows Update is referred to as Update Connectivity internally. The eight hour period is therefore known as the minimum Update Connectivity measurement.

Guyer repeatedly references Windows 10 with regards to the Update Connectivity measurement. 11 updates are meant to be 40% smaller and more efficient, so it could turn out the Update Connectivity minimum will decrease when we reach a point where the majority of Windows users have upgraded to Microsoft’s latest OS.

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