If you are running Windows 10 on your PC, you'll need to make sure it's kept up to date.
Microsoft has changed the way Windows is updated. Instead of releasing a new version every few years, Microsoft now delivers incremental upgrades for Windows 10 every 6 months (every March and September). Microsoft calls this "Windows as a Service".
You'll see a dialog box pop up when your PC is ready to be upgraded.
You don’t have to upgrade your PC when you see this message. You can choose to schedule it for a time when you know you won’t be using your PC (up to 4 weeks in advance). You may find that, because a typical upgrade only takes 30-60 minutes to complete, a lunch break is a perfect time to set the upgrade running. You’ll receive an email once your upgrade is complete. Alternatively, you can pick a day where you plan to leave your computer in your office and schedule the upgrade to happen after hours.
If you choose to not upgrade your PC before its deadline, you’ll still be prompted to upgrade eventually (with an option to postpone for up to 24 hours). This is because, as your PC uses services that are shared across the University network, we need to make sure your computer continues to receive security and performance updates.
The advantages of upgrading your Windows 10 PC using this new approach are:
- Your computer is kept safe. All security patches are applied when you need them, and all your applications, settings, and data are preserved.
- You get access to new Windows features as soon as you need them. The changes to features are incremental rather than dramatic, so they're easier to adapt to.
- The upgrades are much smaller, so they can be applied more quickly.
- Windows 10 PCs are kept more 'similar' to each other, making it easier for users (and apps) to move from one PC to another.
Please keep an eye out for the Windows 10 upgrade prompt when you see it, and set the upgrade going at a time of your own choosing.