My discovery of a workaround to make Windows 10 update manually is important to my writing. Eventually all my laptops will be W10, so I’ll need to use it then if I want to keep my main writing tools functional.
The trick is to set your computer’s Windows Update to set your computer’s active hours. It will download the updates but wait until the end of your active period to install the updates.
The Windows Update box also has a “Check for Updates” feature. You click it to search for updates. It will download any update it finds but not restart your computer until the end of the active period.
When all the updates are downloaded a “Restart Computer” button appears on the list of updates. You can keep the computer on and wait for the active hours’ period to end. It will update automatically then. However, you can press the button and do your update then and there.
You may have active periods but I assume you still have a time when it’s convenient to run a manual Windows Update. A moment when you’re not in the middle of a project and can turn the update into your priority.
Otherwise, the automated update will happen outside of your control. I once turned a W10 computer off before it downloaded the latest update and had to get my computer repaired. I don’t want my laptop on all the time. This can mess up the update process if it’s turned off before it’s done downloading the updates. Even if you leave your laptop on you still won’t want to be interrupted when you’re in the middle of an important project.
This workaround gives you control over the timing of updates. Windows Updates happen on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. This will become your manual Windows Update day by default. Otherwise, the automation kicks in. It’s also good to check on the 2nd Wednesday of the month to see if anything else was released later in the day. I consider this trick important to my writing since my writing tools need to be kept functional.
In other news: I plug away at my projects but there’s nothing to report until something’s out. It takes so long to finish stuff that I don’t want to promise anything until it’s actually done.
I will post The Shifty Captive on Wattpad in its entirety and am working through it chapter by chapter. We’ll see how long it stays up.