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Microsoft: Windows Updates Need 8 Hours of Connectivity Time to Install Properly


If you are ready to pull in that all-important Windows 11 update, to get the best installation of that update you will need to be online for at least eight hours. That’s what Microsoft is telling users is necessary for an update to install correctly.

That’s because Microsoft tracks the time devices are on and connected to Windows Update. This is known as “Update Connectivity” and effects why devices are not getting recent updates properly.

David Guyer, a Program Manager for Windows Updates for Microsoft, says devices need at least 8 hours connectivity time to match Microsoft’s Update Connectivity preferences.

“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,” said Guyer.

“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.”


If you are curious about device connectivity uptime in your organizations, you can check Update Connectivity through Microsoft Intune. Specifically, head to Devices > Monitor and then on update failures to see the specific report for that update.

It is worth noting Microsoft’s 8 hours online uptime is a guideline for both Windows 11 and Windows 10. Looking at the latter, Microsoft found around 50% of all devices on supported Windows 10 builds did not meat the requirements.

“When troubleshooting update issues, we have found it is best to select devices that have sufficient Update Connectivity,” Guyer points out.

“If a device has insufficient Update Connectivity, then investigating other update issues is complicated because the low Update Connectivity can create new issues that go away once there’s enough connectivity.”

Tip of the day: After years of hefting a laptop around, you inevitably build up a menagerie of Wi-Fi networks. For the most part, they’ll sit on your PC, hardly used, but at times a change in configuration can make it difficult to connect to a network your computer already remembers. At this point, it can be beneficial to make Windows forget a Wi-Fi network and delete its network profile.

Source Winbuzzer

Juliana Luwoye

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