To ensure that the College’s equipment remains aligned with the latest security patches, we are requesting that anyone using an NVCC-issued Windows laptop check for updates the third week of every month. Faculty and staff with NVCC-issued Windows laptops have the ability to check for and install the latest Microsoft security updates without having to connect to VPN. Please take a few moments to follow the directions below on how to check for Windows updates and then proceed to download/install/restart your laptop based on the prompts.
You will have until the third Friday of every month to self-initiate the Microsoft security update process. For September, this means you have until Friday, September 24 at 5pm to install the latest security updates at your convenience. If not installed by 5pm this Friday, leave your laptop powered ON, plugged into an outlet, and connected to the Internet to allow the updates to install over the weekend. Failure to complete the monthly update process by the deadline will result in an immediate installation upon the next login attempt which could result in delayed boot-up times and forced reboots.
By incorporating this monthly check for Microsoft updates, you help ensure the integrity and security of the College’s data, network, and systems.
How to check for Windows updates | Microsoft (Video Resource)
- Search for Windows Update Settings.
- Open Windows Update settings.
- Click Check for Updates. Microsoft’s most recent monthly patches will be available for download the third week of every month. After clicking Check for updates, you will see if “You’re up to date” or if “Updates are Available”.
Scenario 1 – You’re up to date Scenario 2 – Updates are Available
- If Updates are available, they will be downloaded and installed. You will be advised that a Restart is required and you will have the option to Restart now (recommended) or to pick a time or restart overnight.
Please note if you do not self-initiate the Microsoft Update process, your machine will be forced to update on the third Friday of every month after 5pm. You will need to leave your workstation powered ON, plugged into an outlet, and connected to the Internet for the download and installation process to complete. Failure to complete the monthly update process by the deadline will result in an immediate installation upon the next login attempt which will result in delayed boot-up times and forced reboots.
If you are unable to complete these steps, please contact the IT Help Desk and a Campus IT technician will follow up with you directly.
IT Help Desk