Updates on Your Windows 10 Laptop - dummies

By Nancy C. Muir

When a new operating system such as Windows 10 is released, it has been tested for many months; however, when the product is made available for general use, the manufacturer begins to get feedback about a few problems or security gaps that it couldn’t have anticipated. For that reason, companies such as Microsoft release updates to their software, both to fix those problems and deal with new threats to computers that appear after the software release.

Windows Update is a tool you can use to make sure your laptop has the most up-to-date security measures in place. You can set Windows Update to work by following these steps:

  1. In the Start menu, click Settings → Update & Security  → Windows Update.

  2. Click the Advanced Options link. In the resulting Advanced Options dialog box, click the Choose How Updates Are Installed drop-down list and you find these settings:


    • Automatic: With this setting, Windows Update restarts your laptop automatically to install updates when you’re not using it. If you’ve turned off your laptop, the automatic update will start when you next turn on your laptop.

    • Notify to Schedule Restart: You can set up Windows Update to download updates and have Windows notify you (through messages in the Action Center) when they’re available, but you get to decide when the updates are installed and when your laptop restarts to complete the installation. This is a great setting because you have control and won’t be caught unawares by a laptop reboot.

If you want to check to see if there are any pending updates, just follow these steps:

  1. In the Start menu, click Settings  →Update & Security  → Windows Update.

  2. In the resulting window, click the Check for Updates link to see all updates.


  3. The following window shows all available updates and begins downloading and installing them in most cases. If instead you’re presented with an Install Now button, click it.


  4. If a restart is required a screen opens that allows you to either choose a restart time or click a Restart Now button.