Windows 10 Release 1709 availability announcement

Thursday, July 26, 2018

What is happening? As part of the continuous upgrade process for Windows 10, MFCF will be advertising a managed upgrade via System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for Windows 10 workstations that are joined to Nexus.  The advertisement will allow you to select when the upgrade applies. Machines running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 are not affected. If your machine is already running release 1709, you won’t see the upgrade.

Microsoft publishes the support lifecycles for releases of Windows 10.

When is this happening? Various times in between now and through September 2018. The upgrade will be available for you to run via the Software Centre (Start > Microsoft System Center > Software Center > Operating Systems). The upgrade is expected to take approximately 1-2 hours to complete.  A good time to start the upgrade is just before going home for the day so it runs while you are away from the machine.

Deployment Deadline:  The deadline is set to September 26 at 10pm. The upgrade will install automatically at that time if it hasn’t already installed.  MFCF strongly recommends applying the update before the deadline.

What is the impact?  The upgrade does not reimage the computer. It will only run on Windows 10 systems and upgrade the current OS to release 1709.  Applications will not be removed or reinstalled. There should be no functional changes to the systems. Some icons and customized visual settings may revert to defaults. If you note any new anomalies on the upgraded systems please contact MFCF Help, mfcfhelp@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 36323.  

What do you need to do?  To apply the upgrade, open Software Centre (Start > Microsoft System Center > Software Center)  and click on Operating Systems.  Select the Windows 1709 upgrade and click Install.

Apply the upgrade before the deployment deadline of September 26. MFCF recommends people in a department arrange amongst themselves to apply the upgrade at different times so not everyone is adjusting to the changes at the same time.  A good time to start the upgrade is just before going home for the day so it runs while you are away from the machine.

When applying the upgrade

The Software Centre will remind you that the advertisement is available every time you logon to your workstation. (See Pop-up screenshot attached). Your choices are to upgrade right away, defer the upgrade to a later time, or to snooze the reminder.  Once you choose to apply the upgrade, you will get this warning.  Click on Install to proceed.

Software Center operating system upgrade warning

Known issues after upgrade

Issue

Resolution

Further action

The first logon after the upgrade will be slow as the user profile has to be reloaded

No action required

Subsequent logons should be at the usual speed

Dell Support Assist (if installed) asks for administrative credentials

Click ‘No’

Call MFCF Help to uninstall

Customizations of the Start Menu are lost

Create them again

Once re-created, customizations should stay

Taskbar customizations are intact

None

Call MFCF Help if customizations are lost

A Windows Mail icon (envelope) might appear in the taskbar

Unpin it

No other action required

Windows Defender warns about the firewall settings

Dismiss the warning

No other action required

Search issues in Outlook 2016 after upgrading to release 1709

Fixed with an Office repair as part of the upgrade

Call MFCF Help if Outlook searches are slow or the index is damaged

Visio and MS Project issues after the Office repair

Repaired after the Office repair

No other action required

Some printer settings are set to defaults after the upgrade

Custom user settings have to be reset

No other action required

Microsoft Excel share as email attachment fails

None

Create email in Outlook and attach document

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