Life Hacks: How to update Windows on a computer

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Rigorous testing is performed during the release of each new version of the Windows operating system. But in the course of the actual operation of an operating system, security problems inevitably arise that cannot always be foreseen. It is for this reason that Microsoft releases updates for its operating systems that allow you to fix problems, as well as effectively deal with threats that have arisen after the release of the operating system.

Configuring Windows Updates Options

Windows Update allows you to quickly and timely update your operating system, thereby ensuring the maximum level of security. There are several options for customizing Windows Update. To open the window for this program, select Start> All Programs> Windows Update. In the left part of the window that opens, click on the “Configure parameters” link.

Window update options

  • Install updates automatically (recommended). After selecting this option, Windows Update will install updates at the time you specify on a specific day of the week, of course, if the computer is running on that day and hour. If the computer is turned off, the automatic update process will start the next time the computer is turned on. You may need to restart your computer to complete the update.
  • Download updates, but I make the decision to install. Selecting this option causes Windows Update to download updates and a pop-up window appears on the taskbar with a corresponding message. The user is given the opportunity to select the updates to download and the time of their installation. As for the author of these lines, I prefer this particular setting, since it allows you to control the installation process, and the computer will restart exactly when you need it. Click the drop-down arrow if you want to select this or other options for downloading and installing updates.
  • Look for updates, but I make the decision to download and install. Choosing this setting does not download or install updates until the user decides to do so. If updates are available on the Microsoft website, a message will appear on the taskbar.
  • Do not check for updates (not recommended). Choosing this setting will cause Windows to stop checking for updates on the Microsoft website, leaving this task to the user. As a result, your computer will be exposed to serious and completely unreasonable risk, and sooner or later you will still have to manually search and install updates to correctly execute new applications or drivers installed on your computer.

Running Windows Update

  1. Select Start> All Programs> Windows Update.
  2. In the Windows Update window, click on the Check for Updates link. It will take some time to find and check for updates, so you can do other things for now.
  3. In the dialog box that appears, click the “Updates available” link to view all links to important or optional updates.
  4. In the next window showing all available updates, select the important or optional updates that you would like to install. Then click on the “OK” button.
  5. The Windows Update window will reappear, in which you should click on the “Install Updates” button. A progress bar will then appear to show you how the updates are being installed.

When the installation is complete, a message appears prompting the user to restart the computer to complete the installation process. Heed this recommendation and click on the “Restart” button.

Configuring the update check schedule

Windows Update can be configured to run at the same time every day. Click the Configure Settings link in the Windows Update window and select the frequency and time (for example, every day) to check for and install updates.

By running Windows Update regularly (automatically or manually), the operating system will be promptly protected from constantly emerging threats.

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