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How to Run Windows Updates!

An essential part of keeping your computer happy and healthy is applying updates that Microsoft releases. Think of these updates as changing the oil in your car. They are important changes that keep your computer running safely and up to speed. In this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to download and install these updates so you can best take care of your computer.

Step 1: Connect to the Internet

Ensure that your computer is connected to the internet, either through Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable. Windows updates require an internet connection to download and install the latest patches and improvements.

Step 2: Open Windows Update settings

Click on the “Start” button.

Microsoft Windows 'Start' button

Type “Windows Update” in the search bar and press “Enter.”

The “Windows Update” settings window will appear.

Step 3: Check for updates

In the Windows Update settings, click on the “Check for updates” button. Windows will now search for available updates for your computer.

Microsoft update message

Step 4: Download and install updates

If there are available updates, Windows will display them in the Windows Update settings.

Click on the “Download” or “Download and install” button (the wording may vary depending on your Windows version) to start downloading the updates.

Depending on the size and number of updates, this process may take some time. Ensure that your computer stays connected to the internet during this process.

Step 5: Restart your computer (if required)

After the updates are downloaded and installed, Windows might prompt you to restart your computer to complete the update process. If you see a notification to restart, save any important work and click on the “Restart now” button.

Step 6: Verify updates installation (optional)

After your computer restarts, go back to the “Windows Update” settings to verify that all updates were successfully installed. If there are any pending updates, repeat steps 3 to 5 until your system is up to date.

Step 7: Configure automatic updates (optional)

To ensure your computer stays up to date in the future, you can set up automatic updates.

In the “Windows Update” settings, click on “Advanced options.”

Under the “Choose how updates are installed” section, select “Automatic (recommended).”

That’s it! Your computer is now up to date with the latest Windows updates. Regularly updating your Windows system is essential to keep it secure and running smoothly, as updates often include bug fixes, security patches, and performance improvements.

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