Run Windows Update to add a recent update to the system.
- [Narrator] Windows updates are installed automatically. In another movie, I demonstrated how to change that setting so that the updates are downloaded, but installed only when you direct them to be installed. In this movie, I'll show how to install those downloaded updates as well as how to manually check for updates. No matter what, the theme is the same, to keep Windows updated and current. That way, your computer is secure and any known Windows issues or bugs are fixed and addressed. Before you check for updates, ensure that you don't have any program windows open where documents are unsaved.
In fact, close any open program window just to ensure that any potentially unsaved documents don't foil the update process later. Visit the Windows update screen. Press the Windows and I key combination to bring up the settings app. Choose update and security. An update is pending, you'll see a notice. It says, "Updates are available." And below it, it lists a description. You might also see a notification icon on the taskbar or in the action center. If the button instead says, "Check for updates," then you're good, though you can click the button to quickly check.
Otherwise, you see the text, "A restart has been scheduled." Further text may explain Windows' disposition. The text says, "We will schedule a restart during a time "you usually don't use this device." 3:30 a.m. tomorrow looks good and I don't know how they figure I'm not using this tomorrow but anyway, I would rather update it and get it out of the way. So a restart now button appears. I'll click that to proceed with the update. The system closes any open programs. If you paid attention earlier in the movie, then the restart isn't interrupted because you have an unsaved files.
Otherwise, you're signed out of Windows and the update is applied. You see a progress meter on the screen. Do not interrupt this process. Wait until it completes and sometimes the updates can take a while to apply so be patient. The updates may still process after the system restarts. Again, wait until the process is complete. Don't turn off the computer or pound on the keyboard or curse. When the Windows sign-in screen appears, the process is complete.
An update notification might also appear explaining that updates were installed. If so, dismiss the notification. Now if you're curious, you can manually check for an update. Press Windows and I to bring up the settings app, choose update and security and on the Windows update screen, you can click the button check for updates. Even when you've just updated the system, you might find more updates pending. For example, the new updates require the old updates to be applied before they're valid. If new updates are present, you can choose to install them or select a specific time for the update.
If the computer needs to be restarted, you'll see that information as well. In this case, the system is up to date and the check for updates button appears again. No, it's not a bug. No updates are available. You don't need to keep clicking the button to check. Generally speaking, the Microsoft mothership distributes regular updates on Tuesdays. You might get the update on Tuesday or you might see it on Wednesday morning. Priority updates can arrive at any time, but they may be automatically installed regardless of the Windows update settings on your computer.
This policy explains why you may find your computer has automatically restarted itself to install an update. Don't fret, the update was important and necessary. Otherwise, install updates as described in this movie.
- Fighting malware
- Using a firewall
- Backing up your PC
- Recovering files
- Restoring your system
- Configuring Windows Update
- Improving PC performance