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Windows 10 Updates: What You Need To Know

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Security Help, Windows 10

I’ve had a bunch of questions this week about updates in Windows 10 this week. They ranged from users upset that updates had installed without their permission to those worried that they wouldn’t be able to tell when updates had installed. Let’s take a look at how updates work in Windows 10.

The most important thing you need to know is that updates are automatic. You’re getting every update to Windows 10 eventually, like it or not. With Windows 10, Microsoft is determined to have everyone on the same page.  They’re switching to having more gradual updates throughout the year instead of big updates like the Windows 7 Service Pack or Windows 8.1. – updates that users may or may not choose to install. (You could fairly say they are adopting Apple’s OS strategy.)

Let’s take a look at how updates work in Windows 10. Just type Check for updates into your search box and click on the results.


Choose Windows update.


Scroll down and click on Advanced options.


This is where you can customize how updates are installed. You can choose automatic, which means updates will be installed and your PC will be rebooted when it’s not being used.


Or you can choose to be notified to schedule your restart.


If you check the box next to “Give me updates for other Microsoft products,” upgrades for programs like Word or Outlook and driver updates to Microsoft devices will also be downloaded along with your Windows updates.

You can select to defer some upgrades to the OS for a few weeks or months if you’d like to wait to make sure all of the bugs are worked out. You cannot, however, defer the installation of security updates. And these upgrade will be installed eventually.


If you’re using a metered connection where you’re charged by the minute or your amount of data is limited, Windows will not download upgrades until you say it’s okay or are on WiFi.

To check to see which updates have installed, you can click on View your update history.


You can then see  a list of all of your updates.


Ultimately, with this operating system, you are going to have to eventually make the security and system updates that Microsoft wants you to.

~ Cynthia


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3 Responses to “Windows 10 Updates: What You Need To Know”

  1. Doc Ewing says:

    Hi, Cynthia –
    A number of your tips such as this one apparently are associated with W-10 PRO, as opposed to HOME. For those of us who were pushed into HOME, we do not have the “Defer Upgrades” choice. This mismatch further frustrates our transition. Can you possibly distinguish between, or indicate which version you are addressing in tips? Many thanks!

  2. Torrence Buttermore says:

    I recently got a Windows 10 computer and no matter what I try I can’t get it to download the printer [even when I follow ALL their directions]. Can you tell me what might be the problem Thanks in advance.

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