Before explaining how to update Windows 10 let’s understand what updates are and why they are important.
Every software and therefore also every operating system always contains some bugs. A bug is an error in writing the program code.
This error could make Windows unstable or vulnerable to a cyber attack. When the bug is identified, Microsoft releases an update to replace the wrong code and correct the problem.
Updates are therefore of fundamental importance. They optimize the functioning of the computer and increase the security level. But this is not their only function. They are also used to update device drivers, to update applications, or to add new features and functionality to the operating system.
When we talk about how to update Windows 10 we talk about Windows Update. Microsoft operating systems are configured to automatically check for new updates using this service.
If the Internet connection is enabled, we don’t have to do anything to update Windows. Whenever Microsoft releases an update it will be downloaded to your computer and installed automatically.
If we want we can search for new updates also manually at any time. Let’s see how to check for new updates.
How to update Windows 10?
- We press on the computer keyboard the Windows keys (it is the key with the Windows logo) and I simultaneously.
- The Windows Settings window will open.
- Click on Update and Security.
- We click Check for updates.
- If the search is successful, the updates will be downloaded and installed automatically.
- Installing some updates may require you to restart Windows.
Windows 10 update settings
We continue the guide on how to update Windows 10 by explaining what the update settings are that we can modify in the Windows Update window.
Change business hours
If we click Change business hours we can set the time of use of the computer. This information will be used to schedule the Windows 10 update.
During this time, the computer will not automatically restart to complete the installation of the updates.
- In Start time, type the time we start using the computer.
- In End Time we type the time when we finish using the computer.
- The working hours are set by default at 8:00 am as the starting time and at 5:00 pm as the ending time.
- If we make changes we click Save.
Plan an hour
In this section we can establish a time and day to restart Windows to complete the installation of the updates downloaded to the computer.
We move the selector to Activated.
Choose an hour: we select the hour and minutes in which we want to restart.
In Choose a day: we select the day of the week on which we want to restart.
Show more notifications
In this section we can choose whether to display a reminder at the time of restart.
To activate this option, move the selector to Activated.
Choose how to install the updates?
We check the box Download updates for other Microsoft products during the Windows update if in addition to the security-related updates we also want to install the recommended updates.
Recommended updates help resolve non-critical issues or improve the functioning of your computer. They do not solve basic computer or Windows problems but can offer significant improvements.
We check the Use my login information box to automatically complete the device configuration after an update to allow Windows to automatically log in after a restart, complete the configuration and then lock the PC to ensure data protection.
Choose when to install updates
In this section, which is not present in Windows 10 Home (→ which version of office is installed on the computer ), we can choose how many days to postpone the installation of the functional and quality updates until the stability is checked.
- Functional updates concern operating system features and improvements. The quality updates concern safety.
- The choice can be made for updates that are released for all users (Current Branch) or for those released for professionals and companies (Current Branch for Business).
- We select Current Branch or Current Branch for Business and select for how many days to postpone the installation.
In this section, we can choose to suspend the installation of Windows 10 updates. The suspension can be made for a maximum period of 35 days.
We move the selector to Activated to pause updates.
Choose how to deliver updates
- If we click on this item we can activate the option that allows you to download updates from multiple locations.
- We move the selector to Enabled to allow Windows to download updates from both the Microsoft site and other computers.
- If this option is activated, the PC used will also be able to send portions of updates already downloaded to the other computers on the local LAN or on the Internet, depending on the option chosen.
- We select PC in the local network to allow sending only to the computers present in the LAN.
- We select PCs in the local network and on the Internet to allow sending to the computers of the LAN and the Internet.
Updates and connection on consumption
If Windows Update is enabled, both important and recommended updates (if selected) will be downloaded and installed automatically. However, this does not happen if we have set up a connection on consumption.
A pay-as-you-go connection is an Internet connection with a maximum limit of data that can be used for download and upload. If this limit is exceeded, an additional cost is charged or the browsing speed is slowed down to the end of the billing cycle.
If we are using a pay-as-you-go connection, only updates related to Windows security and proper functioning will be downloaded and installed.
Sarah Johnson is an MS Office expert and I am working in the technology industry for the last 5 years. As a technical expert, I wrote technical blogs, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as www.office.com/setup