When Windows Disk Protection is on, software updates to the computer are ideally performed through the critical updates process offered by Windows Disk Protection. Windows Disk Protection keeps the computer trustworthy by first performing a regularly scheduled restart to clear all disk changes, and then downloading and installing the required updates on top of this trusted base. This model is less flexible than some central software management models in which updates can be initiated centrally and scheduled to occur at any time.

A centrally managed software distribution system, such as Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS), can provide the flexibility to schedule software updates to occur at any time, but with Windows Disk Protection, software updates must be scheduled at specific times.

If your organization requires regularly changing the schedule for software updates, instead of following a fixed schedule you set within Windows Disk Protection, you might want to consider whether Windows Disk Protection is right for your environment.

In contrast, if you can integrate your centrally managed software update process into the client-driven Windows Disk Protection update process, you might have a situation in which central software distribution and Windows Disk Protection can work together.

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The software management model used by Windows Disk Protection might not be appropriate for environments with portable computers such as notebooks and tablet computers that are routinely disconnected or turned off at the time when the Windows Disk Protection critical updates process is scheduled to occur.