Software Updates

Last updated: August 12, 2022

Operating Systems and Microsoft applications

Microsoft software and security updates are installed automatically for operating system versions supported by the Managed Workstations Service. Microsoft releases updates to Windows 10, twice a year, which we review and approve for installation. You can review our OS Lifecycle support page to find the latest version. All managed workstations check-in with our update server roughly three times a day to identify and download any missing updates that need to be installed. Updates that don’t require a restart will install immediately after a workstation has checked in. The reserved maintenance window for all managed workstations begins on Friday at 11pm.  Updates that do require a restart will be scheduled for installation during this time and the workstation will reboot automatically after the install completes.

NOTE: Getting software updates requires the managed workstation to be connected to the UW network.  If you have a managed workstation which is regularly not physically on the UW network, we recommend you leverage the MWS VPN.

Other applications

Applications from other vendors, such as Google, may have a built-in updating mechanism that ensures the application stays current with security and other updates. Please note: Where no such updating mechanism exists, keeping the application up-to-date is generally the responsibility of the user.  If the application was provided through the Software Center, the Managed Workstation Service will publish a new version as necessary.