Windows as a service

Microsoft is now pushing twice-per-year feature update releases of Windows 10 targeting the months of March and September. Unfortunately this means that all Windows 10 machines will have to be reloaded two times per year.

While this is fine for desktop computers that are always on and connected to the network, it poses a large problem for laptops which are hardly ever connected to a network cable and would have to download and update large amounts of data over much slower Wi-Fi connections. With desktop computers the updates can be done overnight while they are not being used. Laptops are usually turned off during the night so they will have to update during the day and will be unusable for around an hour while they are reloading windows.

Reloading windows over Wi-Fi also has a greater risk of killing the machine during the upgrade process. We will continue to try and find better ways to deal with this twice a year process that has been forced on everyone by Microsoft. Your patience and understanding during these upgrades is appreciated.

About The Author

I have worked in the computer repair field since the early '90s. I was a technician and then Coordinator of Computer Repair for Regional Education Service Agency II (RESA 2) for 18 years. I currently work for Wayne County Schools as a Network Engineer/Technology Specialist. I am responsible for the schools' Internet access, Wi-Fi, networks, servers, laptops, desktops, and operating systems and software.

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