3 ways to update Windows

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3 ways to update Windows
3 ways to update Windows

For the latest features and for security reasons, you can keep Windows up to date using the Update Assistant. Most updates are installed automatically in Windows 10, but you can manually initiate the process to see if any of the updates require your attention.


Method 1 of 3: Update Windows 10

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Step 1. Click Start


This button is usually found at the bottom left of the screen.

  • Windows regularly checks for updates and installs them automatically. However, you can use this method to find updates released since the last search.
  • After Windows installs an automatic update, you will be prompted to restart your computer. If you see a message asking you to restart your machine (or schedule it to restart), follow the onscreen instructions to do so.
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Step 2. Select Settings


This option is at the bottom of the menu.

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Step 3. Choose Update & Security

This is the option with 2 curved arrows.

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Step 4. Click Check for Updates

The option Check for updates is located at the top in the right panel. Click on it to check for updates.

  • If there is no update available, you will see a message that says "Windows is up to date".
  • If there are any updates available, they will be automatically downloaded. The progress of the process will be displayed at the top in the right pane under "Updates are available".
  • Keep this window open until the update is complete to find out whether or not you need to restart your computer.
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Step 5. Restart your computer

If after installing the update, you see a message telling you that a restart is required, restart your computer right away or schedule a restart later.

  • If you choose to restart your computer right away, save your current tasks, close all applications, and then click Restart now (on the Windows Update window).
  • To schedule a restart, click Schedule reboot (on the Windows Update window), slide the switch to the On (blue) position and then choose a time when you will not need your computer.
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Step 6. Find a solution to the problems

If the update fails or you get an error message, try the tips below.

  • Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet.
  • Try restarting your computer and launching the update tool again.
  • If the update still fails, return to Settings → Update and security then click on Solve problems in the left panel. Click on Windows Update under To be operational then follow the on-screen instructions to resolve the issue.

Method 2 of 3: Change Windows 10 update preferences

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Step 1. Click Start


The button To start up is located at the bottom left of the screen.

Windows automatically installs most updates, but you can control how they happen. Use this method to adjust for updates that are running in the background

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Step 2. Go to Settings


This option is at the bottom of the menu.

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Step 3. Select Update & Security

The icon for this option looks like 2 curved arrows.

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Step 4. Click Advanced Options

Advanced options is located at the bottom in the right panel.

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Step 5. Change your update preferences

Use the switches under Update options to change your update preferences.

  • Notify me of updates to other Microsoft products when I update Windows. Turn on this switch if you want Windows Update to check for updates for products like Office, Edge, or Visio.
  • Automatically download updates, even over limited data connections. If your Internet connection is billed according to the amount of data consumed, keep this option disabled (gray). If this option is disabled, you will be notified of new updates, but they will only be downloaded if you allow it.
  • We will display a reminder when we get ready to restart (on some screens you will have Show a notification when your PC requires a restart to complete the update). To show more notifications on restart, enable this feature. It is recommended to enable this option to prevent Windows from restarting your computer unexpectedly without notifying you.
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Step 6. Click on the back button

The back button is at the top left of the window. Click on it to return to the Windows Update window.

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Step 7. Select Edit Active Hours

This option is in the right panel, above View update history.

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Step 8. Choose the hours you are most active

Since Windows needs to restart your computer after installing some critical updates, you need to make sure that this doesn't happen when you do something important. Select the start and end times (the maximum duration is 18 hours) then click on Save.

Method 3 of 3: Update Windows 7

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Step 1. Open the start menu

Click on the button To start up at the bottom left of the screen.

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Step 2. Click All Programs

A list of all applications will be displayed.

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Step 3. Select Windows Update

The Windows Update tool will open.

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Step 4. Choose Check for Updates

Wait for the Windows Update tool to find the updates that you haven't installed.

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Step 5. Click Install Updates

If Windows finds any updates to install, you'll see the number of available updates appear at the top of the window. Click on Install updates to start the installation.

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Step 6. Follow the on-screen instructions

Most updates require you to restart your computer to complete the installation. Once restarted, your machine will be up to date.

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