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Windows Updates

Windows updates – yes we love to hate them but the reality is they should be applied to your machine as they work in conjunction with your antivirus.

Windows updates with Windows 10 are basically ‘set and forget’, they are automatically set when Windows 10 is installed. Updates can take a long time to install and can auto reboot your machine. Most of the time this can be scheduled but very occasionally it will warn you and reboot no matter what you are doing, particularly if you have postponed the update for a period of time.

The machine needs internet connection and can use 3-4 GB at a time – this is most commonly happens when a new build release is offered by Microsoft. These updates can take a long time to download and slow your connection down if the machine is not connected to a VDSL or Fibre connection. You can also check to if updates have been applied correctly by looking at the history of Windows Updates.

Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 updates are less intrusive and smaller, but equally as important.

Windows Update Procedure

To turn on automatic updates in Windows 10:

  1. To Start click on the Start button, then select Settings  > Update & security  > Windows Update . If you want to check for updates manually, select Check for updates.
  2. Select Advanced options, and then under Choose how updates are installed, select Automatic (recommended).

Note: Windows 10 is a service, which means automatic updates are turned on by default and your PC always has the latest and best features.

To turn on automatic updates in Windows 8.1:

  1. Open Windows Update by swiping in from the right edge of the screen (or, if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the lower-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer up), select Settings  > Change PC settings > Update and recovery > Windows Update. If you want to check for updates manually, select Check now.
  2. Select Choose how updates get installed, and then under Important updates, select Install updates automatically (recommended).
  3. Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box.
  4. Under Microsoft Update, select the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows check box, and then select Apply.

To turn on automatic updates in Windows 7:

  1. Select the Start button The Start button. In the search box, enter Update, and then, in the list of results, select Windows Update.
  2. In the left pane, select Change settings, and then under Important updates, select Install updates automatically (recommended).
  3. Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box, and then select OK
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