Weekly Windows Update

CALS-OIT deploys Microsoft updates to Cornell domain connected Windows PCs on the Friday following the second Tuesday of each month.  These updates generally require a reboot. If you don’t install and reboot on your own schedule your computer will automatically install the patches at 4 PM on Tuesday or as soon as possible if a computer is not on at that time. Once the updates are installed, a notification appears with a countdown of four hours that the computer will be restarted.   You may restart your computer at your convenience any time before the 4 hour forced restart.   We have reserved this time as a weekly maintenance window for other third party security patches as well; they will install on the same schedule.

Notifications will be a taskbar icon and popup windows  (below). If you would like to install the updates at a time that is convenient for you (between the first notification and Tuesday 4 PM), follow the prompts in the popup dialogs. If, at anytime after the updates are available, you don’t see the popup dialog and would like to install the updates on your own schedule, you can click on the Taskbar icon, the left-most icon in the picture below, it looks like an open box with a green arrow pointing left to right and follow the prompts to install the updates and then reboot your computer.

Taskbar icon:

Taskbar icon

Left-most in this image is the System-tray icon that will appear, generally sometime on Wednesday. When you begin to install below is the dialog you will see, after several “Next” and “OK” windows you will be finished and prompted to reboot.

Popup window:

Popup window

Monthly Windows Update messages

If you would like to schedule all future update/reboot cycles at a convenient time you can do that by going to Start -> All Programs -> Microsoft System Center -> Configuration Manager -> Software Center. On the Options tab under Work Information set the day of the week/time that works best for you.

Software Center