Windows Updates – a Strategy for Reducing those Pesty Interuptions

Have you every woken up early, anxious and excited to work on something you thought of during the night, just to discover your computer needs an update. The computer lags along slowly while the hard disk is chumming away and sometimes all you can do is wait and suffer through it.  I have had this happen to me too many times and decided I needed to find a better solution.

As a manage service provider, Click IT provides our customers with “managed” updates which we do during the night on their servers and workstations. In this way we don’t disturb their work during normal business hours nor do we make their systems behave sluggishly. Why haven’t I been able to manage my own computers in such a manner? Well I have discovered it is because of several reasons which I list below. 

During the day I will use up to six different computers. (I know this is not typical.) I have two laptops, use in the office about three desktops and in my home office I also have a desktop I use — so obviously I have a lot of systems I have to update, which is what makes this exercise so important to me. 

I have dealt with the interruption that updates caused me in the past, when a system goes into an update, simply by skipping over to another computer. But this hasn’t always been convenient. 

Here a list of things to consider:

1) Speed of the computer:  Computers, or at least my laptops, are old. I believe I have an eye three and one of them and an old Intel be 950 processor in the other (don’t know what version of Intel this is).

To be continued…


Albert Harlow is a seasoned entrepreneur who has built companies from the ground up around the creation of now hundreds of innovative products for a variety of both consumer and industrial markets. He has also been the impetus of hundreds of jobs, and led, trained and nurtured many as Founder and President of nearly 10 start-ups over a span of 30 years. He single-handedly revolutionized both the robotics and plastics industries. For example, one of his first innovations was making a plastic rural mailbox for about the same cost as a metal one, which took this static industry by storm, paving the way for entry by giants Rubbermaid and Step-2. His innovations include the creation of painting machines that painted large Provost buses to Nokia cell phones. If you need an innovator, business or project leader, IT systems expert, Internet marketing specialist, software or simply a WordPress developer, contact Al who can help make your visions a reality. He currently works at the helm of Click IT (a "managed services provider", MSP, with a brick-and-mortar IT services store in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, working now on evolving into a franchise), while consulting with clients to help them with their own businesses, increasing sales, securing their IT infrastructure and helping to improve their operational efficiency using state-of-the-art technologies we offer. To see all the IT services offered by Click IT, go to While he enjoys most the creative aspects of any project, some of my most rewarding experiences have come from helping others realize their true potential with the implementation of simple tools and techniques. Many times he already has the tools available and needs only to show how to leverage them for their benefit. Whether it is working with entire organizations or coaching individuals, he also spends a lot of his time improving productivity. In his current businesses, finding easier ways to doing just about anything technically complicated and then try to systematize the process is his goal. Many of Click IT products came about this way. (See Albert embraces the “work smarter not harder” philosophy, but this entails an ability to always place things in perspective as a process and commitment to learning new things. Albert began Click IT in 2012 to allow him to share his vast knowledge and expertise with others while making a living at it. He developed as an entrepreneur starting with cutting lawns in the neighborhood and stringing tennis rackets as a kid, to what he does currently. Along the journey, he has also acquired many patents and trademarks and built numerous successful companies from the ground up, employing hundreds of people over a span of more than 30 years. These businesses were started simply by having an idea, belief or notion he could do something better and make money at it while doing something good and helpful to others. Having the idea is one thing. Having the guts, stamina, and vision to take action and see it through is another.

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