Windows Updates in HmC

Why are Windows Updates in HmC Disabled?

All Windows OS Templates that are deployable in HmC have Windows Update disabled by default. There are numerous reasons for this, but they all boil down to reliable, rapid, and consistent Windows deployments. If Windows Updates were enabled on boot, Cons3rt and HmC users would experience widely varying launch times and possible system timeouts depending on whether a Windows Update was performed. Windows instances that are undergoing Windows Updates will also reboot, rendering them unaccessible via HmC for potentially hours at a time.

How to Update Windows in HmC

HmC reccomends that all users who utilize Windows systems in HmC keep their Windows systems at the latest stable updates published by Microsoft to improve security posture, and enjoy the latest features published by Microsoft. The below methods will keep your systems up-to-date.

  1. Redeploy
    • Redeploying your HmC runs periodically is the HmC-endorsed way to keep your Systems up to date. Redeploying will automatically apply any OS updates at the template level, and there should be no additional steps needed to complete this process.
  2. Enable Windows Updates
    • Enabling the Windows Update feature built into your Windows box and applying updates is a hands-off way to install needed updates on a machine that can't be redeployed (critical systems, event ongoing, potential data loss). Follow the steps below to re-enable Windows Updates on
      1. Step 1: Lauch Run by Windows+R, type services.msc and tap OK.
      2. Step 2: Open Windows Update in the services.
      3. Step 3: Click the down arrow on the right of Startup type, choose Automatic (or Manual) in the list and hit OK to have Windows Update enabled.