Windows Software Updates

To prevent hackers and ransomware and other cyberattacks it is important to keep your computer patches up to date. Cornell’s security policy requires that all computers must be patched and up to date.

Cornell IT Security 5.10

Microsoft Windows

  • Windows computer are now updated Via “Software Center” 
  • ”Software Center is located by clicking->Start, in the search box type “Software”, select Software Center from the results. Click the Update button->Click “Update All”
  • Windows updates will immediately and automatically install. It is best to restart your computer right after the updates have been applied.
  • Users will be notified of a pending restart by pop-up messages from the Windows System Tray and the Software Center icon.

Third-Party Applications

  • Updates will be continually made available for installation when they are released by the third-party software vendor
  • Users will be notified of available updates by pop-up messages from the Windows System Tray and the Software Center icon.
  • Users should pay attention to System Tray prompts and perform installations and restarts in a timely fashion to ensure the security of their computer.

Computers on home networks

Many Computers that are on home networks are not updating properly.  If they are returned to campus they will most likely start the update process which can take a while to update.

Users on home computers should check for updates on a regular bases through this process.

  • ”Software Center is located by clicking->Start, in the search box type “Software”, select Software Center from the results. Click the Update button->Click “Update All”

For assistance with any of these requirements please contact the ITSG at Help Request Ticket

We’re glad to assist you with your needs.