Is Your Windows Up to Date? How to Install Windows Updates

Even though having Windows up to date isn’t a requirement for using your computer, having the most recent Windows version ensures you have a safe and hassle-free computer experience.

Windows updates, such as patches, service packs or other major updates, not only add new features to your system, but they also protect your computer form malicious attacks and solve a few Operating System problems.

In this tutorial you will learn to check if your Windows version is up to date and how to install Windows updates. Don’t worry if you don’t have Windows 10, we will also cover older Windows versions.


How to Check and Install Windows Updates

Usually, Windows automatically downloads and installs the latest updates from Microsoft. Sure, you can manually download each patch and apply it yourself, but Windows Update Service makes everything easier.


Windows 10

If you have Windows 10, you will find the Windows Update menu inside “Settings”. Getting there and checking for updates is simple. Just:

  1. Click on the Start menu and choose “Settings”
  2. Click on “Update & Security”
  3. On the left side, choose the “Windows Update” tab
  4. Press the “Check for updates” button

While Windows 10 will automatically download and install updates, there might be a few pending updates. Windows isn’t constantly checking for and downloading updates, so you can force it to immediately download the latest update by following these steps.


Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista

In Windows 8, 7 and Vista you access the Windows Update window via the Control Panel. There you can find Windows’ update history and lots of other configuration options.

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As you can see, getting to the Windows Update panel in Windows 8, 7 and Vista is as simple as:

  1. Open the Start menu and go to the Control Panel
  2. Choose “Windows Update”
  3. Press the “Check for updates” button


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Supposedly, these Windows versions will also automatically download and install the newest updates, considering you didn’t change the default settings. However, this only happens with essential updates. Optional updates are only downloaded with your permission.

It is also important to remember that Microsoft no longer supports Windows Vista, and, therefore, doesn’t release any new Windows Vista updates. If you have any pending Windows Vista updates, they’re probably old updates — Windows Vista support ceased on April 11, 2017.


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Windows XP, 2000, ME and 98

Some business environments still run outdated Windows versions, since there’s no need for a change. If you’re running one of these versions at home, you should consider changing for a more recent one.

Regardless of the reason you’re still running Windows XP, 2000, ME or 98, you can still check for Windows updates. The main difference is that the update service isn’t located on your computer, but online, at Microsoft’s Windows Update Website.

The Windows Update website is quite similar to what you would find on the Control Panel in newer Windows versions. To check for updates and update history you just need to click on the respective links along the webpage.

Again, you should keep in mind that Microsoft no longer supports any of these Windows versions. Windows XP support ended on April 8, 2014, so you’ll only see updates released prior to that date.

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Installing Windows Updates Manually

If, for whatever reason, you don’t want Windows to download updates via its update service, you can manually download them from Microsoft’s Download Center and install them yourself.

Just search for whichever update you’re looking for and press the appropriate buttons to download them and run the executable file.


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Remember that you don’t need to do that. Most Windows updates are automatically installed on Tuesdays. You can also change the update date on your Windows Update settings.

If you have any doubt regarding installing or checking for Windows updates, let us know. We will walk you through and solve your issue.


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