In Windows’ earlier days, keeping your computer updated was a chore. This made it easy for viruses to spread, and it sometimes seemed like no two computers ran Windows in the same way.
Luckily, Windows 10 and Windows 11 make updates much simpler. By default, Windows should already be downloading and offering updates automatically (although you may need to restart the computer on your own).
If you think there might be an update you haven’t received yet, you can check for Windows 10 and Windows 11 updates manually. And if automatic updates are annoying you – although they are important, we have to stress – you can pause them.
How to update Windows manually
Windows is designed to install updates in the background, without any input from you. Even so, you can check for updates and make Windows install them right away.
This can come in handy if you need a new feature that’s in an optional update, or if you’re troubleshooting a problem with Windows and the latest update might resolve the issue.
1. Click the Start icon (or press the Windows key) and then click Settings. It might just look like a gear icon.
2. The Settings app will open. If you’re using Windows 10, click Update & Security. If you’re using Windows 11, click Windows Update at the bottom of the left sidebar…Read more>>