Does a locked-screen matter?

K1000, IPv4 Network with 150+ Enduser Workstations, Windows 10 (x64) OS. Ref: 3rd Party Updates, Patching. Ref: KACE Installation Scripts, Scheduled Distribution. 

Does a Windows 10 locked-screen (ctrl+alt+del "lock") interfere with scheduled distribution or scripted installs? I ask this question because I seem to have a random number of computers that routinely fail after-hours updates and suspect that the users are not signing off properly but instead are locking their screens. I am curious to know if others have encountered this and if so, what measures were taken to get around it -- aside from the obvious call to said user. Thanks!

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  • Can you confirm that the machines are actually just locked? I would suspect they are powered off. If that's the case, and your hardware allows, wake-on-LAN should be able to address this. Most of our issues have revolved around laptops (either powered off or removed from the network), while a few others were desktops that have been shut down. - csninja 4 years ago
  • I am able to confirm from working with the updates over the weekend and noting the systems that did not update properly. Upon remotely connecting to those machines, they were found to have the screen locked. I am of the opinion that they are failing to update while the user profile is active. I suspect this because the script installers run with a particular set of admin level credentials. If the screen is locked, the user is essentially still active - or should we say, is seen as being active -- this never seemed to be a problem under Windows 7 by the way at least not that we ever noticed it over the course of how many years that OS was installed. - John5tephan 4 years ago

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