About Windows Update

Windows Update is the online extension of Windows that helps you to keep your computer up-to-date. Use Windows Update to choose updates for your computer's operating system, software programs, and hardware. New content is added to the site regularly, so you can always get the most recent updates and fixes to protect your computer and keep it running smoothly.

How do I know if I need an update?

Windows Update scans your computer and provides you with a tailored selection of updates that apply only to the items on your computer. During the scan, a list of categories appears under the Available Updates heading and the number of updates that are available in each category is noted in parentheses.

Critical Updates are important! Any update that is critical to the operation of your computer is considered a "Critical Update," and is automatically placed in your update basket during the scan for available updates. These updates are provided to help resolve known issues, and to protect your computer from known security vulnerabilities. Whether a critical update applies to your operating system, software programs, or hardware, it is listed in the "Critical Updates" category.

How does it all work?

Follow a simple, three-step process to get the updates you need to keep your computer up-to-date:
  1. When you enter Windows Update, click Scan for Available Updates.
  2. As you browse through the available updates in each category, click Add to place any update of your choice in your update basket.
  3. When you have selected all the updates you want, go to your update basket and click Install Now.
Note: Some updates may require that you restart your computer. Save your work and close any open programs before beginning the installation process.