Research shows Windows updates can take six hours to complete

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said some devices need up to eight hours of time connected to the internet to update; the story has been revised based on updated information from Microsoft.

Windows devices that aren’t connected to the internet for up to six hours at a time are “very unlikely” to successfully update fully and properly, a recent Microsoft investigation revealed.

Microsoft program manager David Guyer wrote in a recent blog post that devices need a minimum of two continuous connected hours, and six total connected hours to install “quality and feature updates.”

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