March 1: UBC IT Okanagan Managed Windows 10 Upgrades

To stay compliant with UBC’s information security standards, Windows 10 devices are required to run current software versions and have all required security updates installed.

Starting March 1, centrally managed Windows 10 devices (version 1909 and older) at UBC Okanagan will receive the latest version of Windows 10 (21H2). Once updates are available, you will have up to two weeks to restart your device. This update may take longer to install and should be performed toward the end of the day to minimize the impact on your schedule.

The current version you are running will reach end-of-life on May 10, 2022 and will be out of compliance with security standards. Feature Updates for Windows 10 are a security requirement, and updating systems is in accordance with UBC’s Information Security Standard M5, Vulnerability Management, (hxxps://  

Windows 10 Feature Update Installation – What Should You Do?  

We strongly recommend initiating the Feature Update and restarting your computer as soon as possible to mitigate any security risks and comply with UBC IT’s Information Security Standards. Please refer to UBC’s Windows 10 upgrade video.  

There are two steps to this process: 

  1. Install the “Feature Update to 20H2”
    Typically, it takes 60-90 minutes for the installation phase to complete while you work. You can check the status of your update in the Software Centre.  
  1. Restart your PC after the update has finished installing
    You can do this at a time in your work day that is convenient (e.g., at lunch time or at the end of the day). The restart should take 10–15 minutes. 

Please note: We strongly recommend you complete the update and restart your computer on your own prior to March 16. After this date, forced updates will begin in a phased approach on PCs that haven’t yet initiated the Feature Update. As well, a forced 2-week countdown will begin on PCs that haven’t yet restarted their PC after installing any Windows Updates that require it. This means you will be less in control of the process and resulting downtime during the restart that applies the update.