Yet, security experts are not over thrilled. They are concerned that “30 minutes on average” could mean lengthier updates if we do the math.
The downtime is necessary for an update being it for Windows 10, Android, or iOS. Updates usually have two steps: the online and the offline. The online phase should not be confused with having an Internet connection.
The online phase occurs as the user is using the computer without him even knowing it. During the online phase of the process, the update is downloaded to the device and the OS verifies the new piece of software to see if there are any errors in it.
Windows 10 Updates’ Downtime Significantly Trimmed
The offline phase is the problematic one. This is when the files are moved and the update is installed. Because the process needs a lot of resources, the user is virtually locked out of his own device until finished. Some updates took more than an hour to complete.
After the update called the Windows 10 Fall Creators, the downtime was trimmed to 51 minutes. Microsoft now wants to reduce that time even more to 30 minutes after another major update.
However, Microsoft will do that by changing very few things. It will move some parts of the offline phase of the update into the online phase. So, your computer will be working on the update without booting you out; and when it does boot you out, it would be for a shorter period of time.
This could mean that Microsoft will be able to roll out even more time consuming updates, but you won’t be noticing it, unless your computer is not that fast.
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