A fifteen-minute countdown timer warns you of the restart Allowing restarts to occur without user interaction has helped us to rapidly update a major portion of the Windows ecosystem with critical updates.On average, within a week of releasing a critical update, 90% of PCs have installed the update (see Figure1).
Policy for updating windows patches
) with nearly 90% of users choosing to update automatically on Windows 7.
That’s 90% of the total user base telling us to automatically install updates without showing any notifications, or asking for confirmation.
The obvious question to ask first is why does the installation of updates even require a restart at all?
Ideally, we would like all update installations to happen seamlessly in the background without a restart.
Today Windows Update is one of the largest services on the Internet by several measures, and of course we're using Windows 8 development as a chance to improve the experience of product updates too.
This post was authored by Farzana Rahman, the group program manager of our Windows Update group.Since its genesis over a decade ago, the Windows Update experience has evolved quite a bit to adapt to a changing ecosystem, especially the changing requirements around security.And Windows Update has been quite successful in updating PCs in time to stay ahead of large-scale exploits against Windows.As you see above, there are 3 main categories of automatic update installations.Here is what we learned from analyzing each category.Before the Internet, updates such as service packs and "patches" were impossibly hard to come by.