Windows 10 Release 1909 upgrade availability announcement

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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.  

The upgrade will be for on campus systems only at first.  A plan to upgrade off campus systems will be developed based on the results of upgrading on campus systems and announced when it is ready to proceed.

When is this happening? June 10 to June 30, 2020. The upgrade will be available to run via the Software Centre (Start > Microsoft System Center > Software Center > Operating Systems). The update is expected to take approximately 1-2 hours to complete.  MFCF will trigger the upgrade on systems that people aren’t accessing remotely.

Deployment Deadline: A deadline of June 30, 11pm is set at which time the update will install automatically.  It is highly recommended to apply 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 1909.  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 via email, mfcfhelp@uwaterloo.ca or RT.

What do you need to do? 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.

Applying the update

The Software Centre will remind you that the advertisement is available every time you log on 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.

MFCF will be monitoring the deployment and will contact people whose machines are not updating

Software Center operating system upgrade warning

Questions or concerns? Contact MFCF Help or Eric Buller

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