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New Computer Restart Policy Improves Security Across Campus

Windows logo with restart icon

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is implementing a new computer restart policy to ensure all computers receive security, software and operating system updates in a timely manner.

Computers that aren’t restarted regularly may have out-of-date software, and can pose a security risk to the Boise State network.

OIT recommends restarting your computer at least on a weekly basis. (For example, rebooting when you leave for the day on Fridays.) If you are already in the habit of doing this, keep it up! If you aren’t, now is a great time to start.

Computers that have not been rebooted within 7 days of receiving Windows updates will be automatically scheduled to restart. When this happens, you will see a “Restart in Progress” notice appear on your computer:

Restart in Progress notice

You’ll have the option to postpone the restart for a maximum of 6 hours. After that time, the machine will restart automatically without any additional warning.

We don’t want you to risk losing any unsaved work, so we strongly suggest finding a time to regularly restart your computer. This would be a great way to use Google Calendar’s reminder feature! (Learn how to create reminders in Calendar by visiting Google’s support website.)

If you have any questions about this restart policy, please contact the Help Desk at or call (208) 426-4357.

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