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Manually Installing Tested Updates

Every month, Microsoft releases new Windows updates on the second Tuesday of the month, colloquially referred to as "Patch Tuesday". After these updates are released, CSBS Computing tests them for compatibility with our computing and network environment. Once fully tested and proven to be good, the updates are made available to all CSBS managed computers at the beginning of our scheduled downtime maintenance windows.

Depending on the severity, the updates may install automatically without interaction from you if the computer remains powered onThis article addresses Windows updates that can be performed outside the maintenance window.

If you have a laptop, or any computer that you must power down regularly, it is important that you manually install available updates when released, or as soon as possible. Learn how to install or update specific applications.



Finding Software Center

    1. Look to the Task Tray located on the lower right portion of your screen, near the date and time. An icon with a red star () appears when an update becomes available. The icon may be hidden so you should periodically check for the icon by clicking the '^' symbol to view background applications running on your system.

    2. Right-click the icon and select to open Software Center.
      1. If there is no icon, open the Start Menu from the lower left of your screen and search "Software Center".
      2. Or select the Start Menu -> All Programs -> Microsoft System Center  -> Software Center

    3. Click on 'Updates' as shown in the left hand column. This will show available updates for your computer.  Example belowf

    4. Recommend using the "Install All" button in top right to kick off the update process.  
      1. NOTE:  The second update shown here is a Feature Update

    5. Updates will begin to install and their status will change to 'Preparing to download', 'Downloading', 'Installing', and then 'Installed'.  If any updates need a Restart to complete installation, they will have a status of 'Requires Restart'.

    6. Software Center should alert you when the updates are done installed and a reboot is required. f

    7. If you had closed the Software Center window or choose to close instead of restarting, you will know you need a restart by the modification to the icon in the task tray. The software available icon () will now be a green icon ().  

    8. Right click on this icon and you can select 'Restart Now', which will immediately restart you computer and install updates.  If you select 'Open Restart Window', you will get a window similar to the below:

    9. Choose to restart your computer now and install the selected updates or be reminded in a set number of hours.  Be sure to save your other work, as selecting 'Restart Now' will restart your computer.

If you see a status of "Failed" for any update, please submit a support case at or call 801-585-8985.

Last Updated: 5/14/21