Ensure that Windows Update is active so that the operating system is up-to-date and protected with the latest security updates.
- [Instructor] When you think of Windows security, you probably think of anti-virus, strong passwords, maybe even back up. These items are all part of a security strategy. But also playing a role is Windows Update. To keep your PC in top-running condition, as well as to keep it secure, you must maintain the operating system. This process involves running the Windows Update service. In this movie, I'll show you how to confirm that Windows Update is running and present various options for configuring the service.
Now, unless you've disabled it, Windows Updates should always be running on your computer. To confirm, open the settings app in Windows 10. Press the Windows and I-key combination and there's the settings app. Choose Update and Security. This screen informs me that Windows is up-to-date and that it checked in with the Microsoft mothership today at 1:07 p.m. This line explains that updates are downloaded and installed automatically. That's the preferred way Windows 10 likes to receive its updates. But you can change it.
Click Advanced Options. Here's where you might want to change something. When the Automatic setting is chosen, as you can see here, Windows may restart your computer automatically. The restart process is required to complete the upgrade. Now, some people, such as myself, don't like it when Windows restarts the PC automatically. Instead, you can choose the option to Notify to schedule restart. With this setting active, you see a notification appear, informing you that a restart is required to apply an update.
At that point, you can click a restart button or schedule a time when the computer restarts and completes the process. This is the option I always choose for my laptop. I want more control over when the update occurs. That's because I want to ensure that the laptop is plugged in and connected to a WiFi network and also that I have adequate time for the update. Now, you might think that the Defer upgrade option does the same thing. But what it does is to delay non-security updates for a period of time.
Windows Updates still installs priority updates even when this option is chosen. To confirm your prior updates, click the link View your update history. This list informs you of past updates, which confirms that the Windows Update service is running. The process of uninstalling or rolling back an update is covered in another movie. Not every program is updated via the Windows Update service. For example, if you subscribe to Office 365, it runs its own update service which happens automatically.
Other programs may also check for updates or bug you when an update is available. My advice: always update.
- Fighting malware
- Using a firewall
- Backing up your PC
- Recovering files
- Restoring your system
- Configuring Windows Update
- Improving PC performance