Choose how updates are installed

New features and a better running PC—get all of this and more when you download updates to Windows.

And the great news is that you don’t have to do anything, because updates will be automatically downloaded and installed whenever they’re available. (Unless you’re on a metered connection, in which case the updates won’t download until you opt to get them.)

But every now and then your PC may need to restart to install the updates. To prevent those restarts from happening at the most inconvenient time:

  1. Select the Start

    Start icon
    button, select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update, and then select Advanced options.

    Windows Update advanced options settings page

  2. Under Choose how updates are installed, use the drop-down menu to choose an option:

    • Schedule a restart

    • Automatically restart


Article ID: 17154 - Last Review: Jun 13, 2016 - Revision: 7