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

Windows Update is one of the reasons 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 has started offering driver updates through a new optional update page. The company has also added features such as active hours, maintenance stack updates, experience packs, update stack packages, smaller update packages, concept of activation package and the ability to pause Windows Update on Windows Home edition.

As you may have noticed, Microsoft has also made significant changes to its AI and ML model to better understand why and how Windows updates fail on certain configurations. It turns out that one of the biggest factors is how long the device is up and connected to Windows Update.

Your device must be online for at least eight hours to properly process Windows Cumulative or Feature Updates. This period is called “Update Connectivity” and it takes eight hours to get the latest updates from Microsoft’s servers and install them successfully.

If you frequently turn off your device or disconnect it from the Internet, you will not be able to successfully install quality and feature updates in the future. Devices that miss a certain connection time are more vulnerable to Windows Update failures.

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

Specifically, the data shows that devices need a minimum of two hours of continuous connection and six hours of total connection after an update is released to update reliably. “This allows for successful download and background installs capable of rebooting or resuming once a device is active and connected,” Microsoft noted in a new blog post.

Microsoft revealed that 50% of outdated devices do not meet the minimum update connectivity metric.

If you’re having trouble with Windows Update, you can also follow some tips Microsoft shared today last year. According to the company, you need to install Windows on a faster disk (SSD), which can speed up the installation process up to six times compared to the hard disk.

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

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