In Windows 10, updates are mandatory and more automatized than in previous Windows versions.Some Windows 10 editions include the option to defer upgrades for a limited time.Microsoft has simplified and automated the Windows Update process at the expense of transparency.We show you how Windows Update works now and how you can still customize it to your needs and preferences.
Windows Update protects you from security vulnerabilities by keeping Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes. Gone are the days when users could block security patches and driver updates.
Updates regularly contain patches for security vulnerabilities that could allow infections in your machine, bug fixes that resolve errors, and features that could make your operating system more useful.
Though you should have automatic updates configured, that isn’t always the case.
However, since 8.1 overhauled the PC Settings app, you’ll find the process is no longer broken between the modern app and the legacy Control Panel. Open the Charms bar and click from the left pane and you’re ready to go.
The Windows Update page gives you all the information you need to learn the state of your update settings including whether you are set up to download your updates automatically and whether or not there are updates currently ready for installation.