Microsoft: Windows 10, Windows 11 need eight hours online to deploy updates

Windows 11 updates

Windows Update is one of the reasons why people criticize
Windows. Over the past few years, Microsoft has made various
changes and
improvements to improve the performance of Windows Update.

For example, Microsoft started offering driver updates via a
new optional update page. The company also added features like
active hours, servicing stack updates, experience packs, update
stack packages, smaller update packages, enablement package
concept, and the ability to pause Windows Update on Windows
Home edition.

As you might have noticed, Microsoft has also made significant
changes to its AI and ML model to better understand why and how
Windows Updates are failing on some configurations. It turns
out that one of the most important factors is the duration of
the device’s uptime and its connection to Windows Update.

Your device should be online for at least eight hours to
process Windows cumulative or feature updates properly. This
period is called ‘Update Connectivity’ and eight hours is
necessary to get the latest updates from Microsoft’s servers
and successfully install them.

If you frequently turn off your device or disconnect it from
the internet, you won’t be able to successfully install quality
and feature updates in future. Devices that do not meet a
certain amount of connected time are more vulnerable to Windows
Update failures.

The Update Connectivity period includes a minimum of two
continuous connected hours and six total connected hours after
an update is available for download.

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,” Microsoft noted in a new blog

Microsoft revealed that 50% of outdated devices do not meet the
minimum Update Connectivity measurement.

If you’re having a hard time dealing with Windows Update, you
can also follow a few tips Microsoft today shared last year.
According to the company, you must install Windows on a faster
drive (SSDs), which can speed up the installation process by up
to six times as compared to HDD.

Additionally, Microsoft also wants you to use a single
antivirus or file system filter driver instead of Windows
Defender with a 3rd party antivirus. Windows Updates may not
work properly if you use two security solutions at the same

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