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Windows 10 will soon use machine learning to time updates better

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One of the most annoying things about Windows – and especially Windows 10 – is the way that it often forces updates. Mostly because it has the worst timing. Whenever you absolutely must get some work done, Windows will decide to update and use your precious, fleeting time to get itself up to spec.

It’s something Microsoft is aware of – and has included a scheduler to help get updates and maintenance done at a set time, preferably when a PC is sitting idle. It’s not enough though, and many users still complain of having to deal with inopportune updates.

In the latest Windows insider preview update, the OS will now use an AI-driven predictive model to time updates better.

“Have you ever had to stop what you were doing, or wait for your computer to boot up because the device updated at the wrong time? We heard you, and to alleviate this pain, if you have an update pending we’ve updated our reboot logic to use a new system that is more adaptive and proactive. We trained a predictive model that can accurately predict when the right time to restart the device is. Meaning, that we will not only check if you are currently using your device before we restart, but we will also try to predict if you had just left the device to grab a cup of coffee and return shortly after.”

It’s a small step to making Windows a little less annoying, and Microsoft says its internal testing to date has produced positive results. I’ll still keep my Pc to update in the ungodly hours of the morning, but having something that’s a little more proactive in staving off updates when I’m trying to work would be lovely.

Last Updated: July 26, 2018


  1. Guz

    July 26, 2018 at 11:36

    So windows is gonna spy on me some more so it can annoy me less….


    • Lord Chaos

      July 26, 2018 at 12:03

      If the spying bothers you there are many community run host files you can use to lock down background processes connecting to the web


      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        July 26, 2018 at 12:16

        Please share more details


  2. For the Emperor!

    July 26, 2018 at 11:55

    Janee, my PC is also set for those weee hours of the morning. Once in a while though it still forces the forced updates outside of that time if I hadn’t given it a “fair” chance for a month or so to get the updates done…


  3. konfab

    July 26, 2018 at 12:13

    I bet the machine learning involves using the webcam to detect when people are using their computer.

    Microsoft would be better off getting their OS to the point where you can update it without restarting it.
    In Linux land, this isn’t exactly new.


  4. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    July 26, 2018 at 12:16

    Lol, balls! Machine learning??

    It’s gonna be used for other purposes.


  5. MaSeKind

    July 26, 2018 at 13:02

    This is a classic case of a solution looking for a problem (or whatever). All they need to do is allow users control over the updates. No need for advanced machine learning crap


  6. Magoo

    July 26, 2018 at 13:05

    FFS there’s actually nothing freaking wrong with Windows 7. Why does this exist?


    • Original Heretic

      July 26, 2018 at 13:15

      Because money.


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