The Definitive Guide to Windows 10 Update

Last Updated by Unyime Etim on Sept. 13, 2020, 10 p.m.

Windows Update - A definitive guide

In this guide, we're going to understand what the Windows 10 update is all about, how to disable the automatic updates, perform manual updates, update or reinstall drivers, and run your windows update troubleshooter. We'll also go through what you should do when your windows update fails. 

Like every major operating system, Microsoft regularly provides automatic software updates over the internet to fix known issues in the Windows 10 operating system, along with essential windows 10 software like the Defender, Word, Edge, etc. This approach ensures that your computer has the latest security fixes and performance improvements for a smooth operation. 


Windows 10 Update Assistant

The Windows Update assistant is an invaluable tool that helps ensure that your computer has the latest compatible operating system update installed. After running compatibility checks, it automatically downloads the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system whenever it is available, and then runs the installation at the most appropriate time.


How to Disable Automatic Updates

The windows 10 update is naturally configured to download and install automatically. While this is the best approach to ensure that all essential security and performance fixes are promptly installed in your machine as they are made available, there are certain situations in which a manual update may be more convenient.

This can include users who don't have unlimited bandwidth or those  (like me) who are unlucky enough to live in countries where there is no consistent electricity supply.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps you can take to block or delay the automatic download and installation of Windows 10 updates.

Method 1: Using the Settings App

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Click on the Updates and Security button.

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Step 3: On the sidebar, click on the Windows Update button.

Step 4: Click the advanced options option.

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Under the "Pause Update" section, locate the "pause until" drop-down menu and select the time range to pause updates. 

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Once these steps are completed, windows 10 operating system will no longer perform updates until the end of the specified period.

Note that you can pause updates for up to 35 days, and at the end of this period, you will not be able to pause again until you have installed the latest available updates.

Method 2: Meter your Connection

If your computer is connected to a WI-FI network, you can use this method to stop your Windows 10 automatic updates. It should be noted that this method will not work with Ethernet connections.

Step 1. Click the Start button at the bottom left on your desktop, then click the Settings app.

Step 2. Click on Network & Internet.

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Step 3. At the left pan, click on WI-FI and chose your WI-FI network you are currently connected to.

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Step 4. Click to turn on Set as metered connection.

Setting your WI-FI connection will prevent your computer from downloading and installing updates whenever you're connected to that particular Wi-Fi network.

Note that other networks will be treated as normal.


How to Update Windows 10 Manually

Ok, you've successfully stopped automatic updates, but you'll still need to keep your computer up to date once in a while, right? How do you go about that?

Here are the simple steps for you to follow for manual windows 10 updates:

Step 1. Select the Start button from the bottom-left corner.

Step 2. Click on the Settings icon.

Step 3. Select the Update and Security icon

Step 4: Select Windows Update tab in the sidebar

Step 5: Click on the Check for Update button. If there is an update available, it will begin the download and installation process.


How to Update Drivers in Windows 10

Windows 10 drivers, along with other devices like video cards, monitors, printers, etc are normally downloaded and installed automatically during the normal Windows 10 updates, so you are most likely going to have the latest version. However, if you want to update or reinstall any of them, here are the steps to take note of: 

Step 1. Go to your search bar and search for  Device Manager.

How to Update drivers in Windows 10

Step 2: Select a category to see the names of devices, then right-click the one you’d like to update.

Step 3: Select Update Driver.

The driver will then be downloaded and installed automatically. However, if Windows doesn't find a new driver, you can try looking for one on the device manufacturer's website.

Note: To reinstall a particular driver, right-click on it and select the Uninstall option. Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver once you’ve restarted your computer.


Windows Update Failed? Here’s What to do about it

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Were you greeted with the fairly common Windows update error? There's nothing to worry about. Here are some of the tips on how to get your update running again.

Step 1: Go to the Settings app.

Step 2: Select the Update and Security icon.

Step 3: On the left sidebar, go down and select Troubleshoot.

Step 5: In the 'Get up and running' section, click the Windows Update and select Run the troubleshooter.

Step 6: Allow the troubleshooter to run (this takes a few seconds) and thereafter apply the recommended fixes.

Step 7: Restart your computer and try updating your computer again. 



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