Fortunately, Windows will periodically check for the latest system updates and install them automatically. All you need to do is restart your computer to ensure the updates finish installing (to pause updates for up to 35 days, check out this guide). As convenient as automatic updates are, there are times when you’ll want to manually check for updates, like when an important security patch is rolling out or if you’ve encountered a major bug.
Here are a few simple steps to manually check for Windows 10 updates.
How to Manually Update Windows 10
- Select the Start (Windows) button from the bottom-left corner.
- Go to settings (gear icon).
- Select the Update and Security icon
- Choose Windows Update tab in the sidebar (Circular arrows)
- Select Check for updates
If there’s a more convenient time to restart your laptop, Windows 10 will let you reschedule. Doing so is pretty straightforward — just follow these simple instructions. (Note, your system will not have the latest updates until it’s been restarted.)
How to Schedule a Windows 10 Update
- From the Windows Update settings page (Step 4 from above), select “Schedule the restart” found next to “Restart now.”
- You will then be taken to a scheduling page. From there, move the Schedule a Time slider to the right (the on position).
- The grayed-out Pick a time and Pick a day options will then be available to select. Use the time ticker and the date drop-down to choose when to restart your laptop.