Windows 10 will predict the best time to reboot through machine learning

Posted 26 July 2018 15:09 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Windows 10 will start to predict the right moment to restart the system after installing security updates, Microsoft today announced. There are numerous posts of users on the internet who complain that their system restarted at an inconvenient moment to complete the installation of updates.

In a new Windows 10 Insider Preview version, Microsoft is trying to improve the update process. The company writes on a blog announcing the new Insider build, “Have you ever had to stop what you were doing, or wait for your computer to boot up because the device updated at the wrong time? We heard you, and to alleviate this pain, if you have an update pending we’ve updated our reboot logic to use a new system that is more adaptive and proactive.”

The new reboot logic should be more adaptive and proactive which is possible by using machine learning. Microsoft has trained a predictive model that should be able to predict the right time for a restart of the PC. The new reboot logic will not only check whether you are using the PC before a restart is performed, but it will also try to predict whether you are only away for a while and will come back shortly after.

Microsoft claims the new predictive model has shown promising results on the company’s internal devices. However, if the feature isn’t accurate enough when released to the hundreds of millions of Windows 10 users, the company is able to quickly update the model, based on the information it collects on how well the feature works.

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