How to Check for and Install Windows Updates

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. Windows 10 automatically checks for updates, however, you can do this on your own as well.
Before You Begin:
  • If you are using a laptop, make sure you have it plugged in.
Changing Update Settings
Windows Update

1 Determine Windows Version

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

? Which Windows update steps do you need?

  1. Manual update steps for Windows 10
  2. Manual update steps for Windows 8
  3. Manual update steps for 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. Windows 10 automatically checks for updates, however, you can do this on your own as well.
Before You Begin:
  • If you are using a laptop, make sure you have it plugged in.
Changing Update Settings
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
Windows 10 is configured to automatically check for updates regularly for your computer.
If you are using a laptop or tablet, make sure you plug it in to charge while updates run.
  1. Open the Start menu, and select Settings.
    Windows 10 Start Menu
    Windows 10 Settings
  2. Select Update & Security.
    Updates and Security Settings
  3. Select Windows Update on the left, then Check for updates on the right.
    Update and Security settings with Windows Update and Check for updates highlighted.
  4. Once the system has finished checking for updates, it will automatically download and install the latest applicable updates.
    Some Windows Updates can't be made with the system running. Instead, Windows will ask to reboot to complete these updates.
    If prompted simply select Reboot to complete the update process.
  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 Check now on the right.
    Update and recovery settings with Windows Update and Check now highlighted.
  4. Once the system has finished checking for updates, it will automatically download and install the latest applicable updates.
    Some Windows Updates can't be made with the system running. Instead, Windows will ask to reboot to complete these updates.
    If prompted simply select Reboot to complete the update process.
  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 Check for updates.
    Windows Update with Check for updates highlighted.
  4. If any updates are indicated, follow the instructions on-screen to complete their installation.
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