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Automated Updates

Periodic updates of your campus computer will be distributed by IT Services.

Routine Updates through Windows update server (details on the Microsoft website)

  • Microsoft updates the Windows operating system weekly.
  • IT Engineers reviews the updates and determines which will be applied to campus systems
  • The updates are distributed by a UAS update server to campus systems in the background and are typically applied on a restart
  • We recommend restarting every computer weekly.

Scheduled Updates through Symantec Ghost

  • These will be announced prior to distributing
  • Updates will typically be applied overnight, while your computer is powered on and on campus. Please log out of your computer prior to leaving for the night on a scheduled update.
  • If your computer is not powered on during a scheduled update, beginning the following day you will be prompted to perform the update yourself. This prompt will appear as a small icon in your system tray. Please click the icon, select the update from the list and follow the prompts.


Occasionally the core software on a university computer will need to be updated, either at your request or due to faults detected by ITS. During this process, it's data will be safely backed up to a separate hard drive and a new configuration will overwrite the computer's hard drive and it's data restored from the back up hard drive.

Please make an appointment to have your computer rebuilt. The Computer Rebuild Checksheet describes the steps necessary for both you and the technical staff to complete the process successfully.

Please contact the Helpdesk immediately if you have concerns about the update process.


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