Blog / Life’s Little Irritations
The real problems started when I fired up my computer on Monday. Windows 10 had to complete the updates. I was more-than-a-little impatient and so I tried to force my favourite programs to launch even though I knew Windows wasn’t quite finished updating. Bad move – the laptop froze, which forced a hard restart. The process started all over again. This time I waited it out – and also had a closer look at what was going on. I opened the Task Manager (right-click on the bottom menu bar and choose Task Manager) and looked at the Processes tab. It lists all of the tasks that Windows is performing. Most of them run in the background and are not part of the active applications you have open. In this case, I only had the Task Manager open.
- Windows Modules Update Installer Worker started a process. This started the:
- System Host, which started the:
- Windows Driver Foundation, after which the
- Trend Micro unauthorized change prevent feature started. Finally, the
- Microsoft Search Indexer started, after which the
- Trend Micro unauthorized change prevent feature started again.
To combat the negative impacts on corporate networks, Microsoft are recommending that a Windows Update Services (WinSUS) be implemented. WinSUS isn’t new; allows network administrators to control the update processes of Windows computers by pooling update downloads and scheduling selected updates for off-hours. However, WinSUS is now becoming mandatory for networks with more than 25 Windows 10 computers. And WinSUS is a resource-intensive service that should reside on a dedicated server (physical or virtual) environment.
Which means another server environment and something else to manage.
While users think Windows 10 Updates are just another of life’s little irritants, network administrators need to take the issue more seriously and provision yet another server to manage the process.
Please contact us or you primary tech if you would like more information on managing Windows 10 Updates on your network.