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When you turn on automatic updating for Windows through Microsoft Update, you'll also get Office updates for earlier versions of Office, such as Office volume license installs. Choose your version of Windows below to turn on automatic updates:

Tip: For most versions of Office, you can enable automatic updates or get updates manually within an Office application. For more information, go to Install Office updates. For information about Office for Mac updates, go to Check for Office for Mac updates automatically.


  1. Open Windows Update by choosing Start > Settings > Update and security.

    Getting to Settings from Start in Windows 10

    Setting Windows Updates in Windows 10

  2. Choose Advanced options.

  3. Under Choose how updates are installed, choose the options that you want, including checking the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows box so you can get Office updates.

    Windows Update Advanced options
  1. Open Control Panel by pressing the Windows logo key + X to see a list of commands and options, and then click Control Panel.

    Options and commands list see after pressing Windows logo key + X

  2. Choose System and Security.

    Windows 8 System and Security link in Control Panel

  3. Choose Windows Update.

    Windows 8 Windows Update link in Control Panel

  4. Choose Change settings, and choose or change the settings you want. Be sure to select the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows box so you can get Office updates. And remember that your computer has to be turned on at the time you selected to install new updates.

    Windows 8 Windows Update Settings in Control Panel

  1. Close all open programs.

  2. Choose Start > Control Panel.

  3. Choose System and Security (which you see when you view Control Panel by Category).

    The Windows 7 Control Panel

  4. Choose Windows Update.

    The Windows Update link in Control Panel

  5. In the left-hand pane, choose Change Settings.

  6. Under Important Updates, choose Install updates automatically, and under Microsoft Update check the Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new optional Microsoft software when I update Windows box to get the Office updates.

    Your IT department might set automatic updates for you. If they do, you'll see the message in the yellow bar, and you won't be able to use the Important Updates list or set dates and times, like so:

    Automatic update settings

  7. Select any other options, and remember your computer has to be on at the time you selected to install new updates.


    • If you view the items in Control Panel by their icons instead of categories, you choose System > Windows Update > Change Settings.

    • You'll receive updates for Office, Windows, and other products like Zune.

    • Updates come in three flavors: Important, Recommended, and Optional. You'll only get the important updates unless you select the second option Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.

    • It's a good idea to install the recommended updates. The optional updates may be things you don’t need, like the ability to change the language in your Office programs. It doesn't hurt to install them, but you have to get those updates manually.

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