Windows Update Settings in Windows 10: What You Need to Know

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
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Windows 10 has changed many things and one of those things is the Windows Update section. Speaking of Windows Update settings in Windows 10, let’s see what has been changed and what new features have been added.

Maybe one of the biggest changes is that now you cannot access Windows Update from Control Panel, instead only way to access Windows Update settings on Windows 10 is to use the Settings app and navigate to Update & Security section.

With Windows 10 all updates are installed automatically, and when you visit Windows Update section you’ll only find “Check for updates” button that checks for updates and if any updates are available it downloads them automatically. In addition, Windows 10 will also check for updates in the background and download them automatically. This means that you won’t be able to select individual updates instead you’ll automatically download all of the updates from security updates, optional updates to driver updates.

We should also mention that Windows Update won’t download updates on metered connections, so it won’t use your mobile data, instead it will download updates once you connect to a stable WiFi network. However, in order to prevent Windows Update from downloading updates you have to set your current connection as metered.

We also have to mention that Windows 10 Professional users will have the option to Defer upgrades under the Advanced options section. They will still get all the updates like Home users but their updates might be delayed until they have been tested for some time by Home users.

Under the Advanced options you can choose how updates are installed. You can choose Automatic and Windows will download updates automatically, install them, and schedule a reboot when you’re not using your PC. You can also choose Notify to schedule restart option that will allow you to schedule a restart at a specific update

One new feature that Microsoft has introduced with Windows 10 is peer-to-peer download for updates. For example, if you have multiple PCs in your network you can choose to download updates directly from them and speed up the download process. In addition, your PC will both send and receive updates from other Windows 10 computers over the internet, but if you don’t want to send and receive updates from other computers on the internet you can turn this option off.

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If for some reason you have issues with your PC after installing an update you have the option to view your update history under the Advanced options > View your update history section. There you’ll see the list of updates but you can also uninstall an update if it’s causing you any update settings windows 10

Probably one of the most useful features of Windows Update is the ability to keep your updates after you reset your PC. Windows 10 comes with PC Reset feature that will perform a clean install of Windows 10, but now you can keep your updates and you won’t have to download all updates all over again.


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