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Install Software Updates through SCCM

As mandatory software updates become available, you will be notified through a pop-up message that appears in your system tray. Follow the steps below to update your software through System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

  1. Click on the notification or the pop-up to open the SCCM window.  The SCCM window will indicate a date and time when the installation will automatically begin.
    • Click OK to begin the installation now.
    • Click Remind Me Later to delay the install. If you prefer, you may elect to schedule the installation for after your specified business hours.
      Note: If the pop-up window does not open, open Software Center (Start > All Programs > Microsoft System Center > Software Center) and browse to Updates. Choose Install All in the upper right corner.
      Launch the Reminder window, found in the System Tray/Notification Area:

      System Tray Icon
  1. Restart your computer, if prompted.
  2. Click the Restart Required pop-up. The following options appear, prompting for any of these options:
    • Restart now
    • Snooze and remind me again in, to specify a time interval before the next restart reminder.
    • Cancel, to restart later without additional reminders, or wait until the restart deadline expires (up to 90 minutes).

Follow these steps to view the status of your updates.

  1. Click the system tray icon.

    System Tray Icon
  2. The Software Center management window appears, select Installation Status.
  3. The update status fields appears as Installed, Pending restart, or Failed. Select an update to view its corresponding details.

    Note: If an update has failed, you may need to restart your computer and run the installation process again.