How to Get Windows Updates

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If your computer uses Microsoft Windows, it is important to keep your operating system up-to-date with the latest security updates, patches and operating system updates from Microsoft. You can do this by using a utility from Microsoft that will find which updates you are lacking and recommend you install them.

Connect to the Internet. You must have an active Internet connection to install Windows updates.

Go to your start menu in Windows. Then, go to your programs and look for "Windows Update." Click on the link and you will be directed to a Microsoft website that will get you started installing Windows updates.

Choose the "custom" option to give you the most control over your Windows updates. The Microsoft utility will now scan your computer to see what updates you need.

Look over the list of updates Microsoft recommends. The utility will tell you what the updates do and how long they will take to install. Choose the updates you want to install and click on "Review and install updates."

Look over the list of updates to make sure everything is correct and click on "Install updates."

Read the End User License agreement that comes up and click "I accept." Microsoft's Windows update utility will now begin install the updates.

Wait for Windows updates to install. The utility will tell you how long each update will take to install and will notify you when you have finished. You may be prompted to restart Windows. If so, save all of your work, close any open programs and click "Restart now." When Windows reboots, it will be up-to-date.


  • check Run Windows updates once or twice a month to keep Windows current.
  • check Install Windows updates immediately after re-installing Windows.

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