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Microsoft is fixing Windows Update so that your PC will no longer reboot while you’re busy

One of the most well documented (and often mocked) problems with Windows is the way in which the OS will install updates at the worst possible times. Well, Microsoft has heard the complaints and is now promising that your PC will soon no longer update when you’re working or leaving it five minutes to get some coffee.

A note on the improvement was mentioned in a blog post today for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17723 and Build 18204. “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,” explained Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc.

They both went on to explain that Microsoft has now trained a predictive model which can accurately pick the right time to restart your device to update. The model can also check if your device is being used, or predict if you’ve just temporarily stepped away from your PC.

Microsoft doesn’t yet have anything specific on the exact accuracy of the model but did say that it was being used on internal devices. Sarkar and LeBlanc also say that they’ve seen “promising results upon rollout” and are able to update the model with the least possible turnaround time based on “insights from its performance.”

This is not the first time that Microsoft has made improvements or tweaks to the Windows Update service. The company previously worked to reduce the “offline time” when installing a featured Windows 10 Update. Anyway, since Microsoft is known as the company that empowers people, it is nice to see that they can finally empower Windows 10 to not disrupt workflows across the world

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Has Windows Update ever bothered you at the worst possible time?