15 October 2009

"Sorry I'm late - laptop tooks ages to shut down . . ."

If you're in a hurry to get home you might want to start shutting down your Windows laptop a good bit earlier than usual for a few days. There's a huge set of updates which, if you've subscribed to automatic updates, will come your way (and if you haven't you should) and, whilst they'll download quietly in the background, when you go to shut down there's be a message along the lines of "installing updates 1 of 18" + the familiar remonstrations against unplugging or turning off.

I have always wondered why I couldn't unplug if the battery's in good condition. One explanation may be that on battery use the sleep or hibernate conditions may kick in much earlier and interrupt the installation.

So, as this can take a good 20-30 minutes, unless you're happy to wander around with an open laptop that isn't about to hibernate, you need to allow a bit of extra time for all 18 to get done.

More about what the 18 are all about here.

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