How to Change Windows Update Settings

Introduction

Updating your operating system software is essential; not only will it bring new features but it will fix vulnerabilities and bugs detected by Microsoft. You can make changes to how Windows checks for and updates itself automatically.
Before You Begin:
  • If you are using a laptop, make sure you have it plugged in.
Windows Update

1 Version Choice

There are 3 main versions of Windows currently supported.

Windows 10
Released in 2015, this is the latest version of Windows. It is fully supported by Microsoft.Windows 10 Desktop
If you are not sure, most likely you have Windows 10.
Windows 8
Released in 2012, Microsoft only offers extended bug-fix and patch support, no new features.Windows 8 Desktop
Windows 7
Released in 2009, Microsoft only offers extended bug-fix and patch support, no new features.Windows 7 Desktop

? What version of Windows do you have?

  1. Windows 10
  2. Windows 8
  3. Windows 7

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Updating your operating system software is essential; not only will it bring new features but it will fix vulnerabilities and bugs detected by Microsoft. You can make changes to how Windows checks for and updates itself automatically.
Before You Begin:
  • If you are using a laptop, make sure you have it plugged in.
Windows Update

There are 3 main versions of Windows currently supported.

Windows 10
Released in 2015, this is the latest version of Windows. It is fully supported by Microsoft.Windows 10 Desktop
If you are not sure, most likely you have Windows 10.
Windows 8
Released in 2012, Microsoft only offers extended bug-fix and patch support, no new features.Windows 8 Desktop
Windows 7
Released in 2009, Microsoft only offers extended bug-fix and patch support, no new features.Windows 7 Desktop

Automatic Updates are on by default and ensure your Windows 10 system is receiving the most up to date patches.

To make sure Automatic Updates are on, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start button.
    Windows 10 start button.

    By default it is in the lower left corner of your screen.

  2. Click the Settings button on the left side of the start menu
    Windows 10 settings gear icon.
  3. Click Update and Security.
    Windows 10 update and security icon.
  4. Click Advanced Options.
  5. Make sure Automatic is chosen.
    Windows 10 automatic updates toggle.

Automatic Updates

Windows can automatically update periodically, so you don't need to check yourself.

  1. Open the Start Menu, and select Settings.
    Windows
    Windows 8 Settings
  2. Select Update and recovery.
    Settings menu with Update and Recovery highlighted.
  3. Select Windows Update on the left, then select Choose how updates get installed on the right.
    Update and recovery settings with Windows Update and Choose how updates get installed highlighted.
  4. For Important updates, select Install updates automatically. For Recommended updates, place a check next to Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates. Finally, select Apply.
    Update Installation Options with Install Updates Automatically, Recommended Updates option checked, and Apply highlighted.

Automatic Updates

Windows can automatically update periodically, so you don't need to check yourself.

  1. Open the Start menu, then select All Programs at the bottom.
    Windows 7 Start Menu
    Windows 7 Start Menu with All Programs highlighted.
  2. Select Windows Update.
    Windows Update
  3. Select Change Settings.
    Windows Update with Change Settings highlighted.
  4. For Important updates, select Install updates automatically. Make sure Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates and Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new optional Microsoft software when I update Windows are checked, then select OK.
    Windows Update Change Settings with Automatic updates, Recommended Updates, and Microsoft Update highlighted.
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