Windows Update: FAQ

Applies to: Windows 7Windows 8.1

Windows 10


Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates to make sure your device is secure and up to date. This means you receive the latest fixes and security updates, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update. Make sure your device is plugged in when you know updates will be installed.

If other questions come up when you update Windows 10, here are some other areas that might interest you:

When you only want info about updating Windows 10, you'll find answers to many of your questions here:

Windows 8.1


The best way to keep Windows 8.1 up to date is to turn on automatic updates. With automatic updates, you don’t have to search for updates online or worry about missing critical fixes or device drivers for your PC. Instead, Windows Update automatically installs important updates as they become available. 

To turn on automatic updates: 

  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

  1. Select Choose how updates get installed, and then, under Important updates, select Install updates automatically (recommended)

  1. Under Recommended updates, select Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates

  1. Under Microsoft Update, select Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows, and then select Apply

Click the questions below to see answers about how Windows Update keeps your device up to date.

 

Windows 7


The best way to keep Windows 7 up to date is to turn on automatic updates. With automatic updates, you don’t have to search for updates online or worry about missing critical fixes or device drivers for your PC. Instead, Windows Update automatically installs important updates as they become available. 

To turn on automatic updates: 

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

Click the questions below to see answers about how Windows Update keeps your device up to date.