12/17/2015

Windows 10 Tutorial - Configure Windows Updates

Hello everyone, and welcome again!
Windows 10 occasionally checks with Microsoft Servers, if there are new Windows
10 updates available, and if any new updates are offered by Microsoft, then
Windows automatically download and installed the new updates for you.

But you can also manually check for
new updates for Windows 10. To check Windows 10 for new updates, click the
Start button, and then click Settings. From the Settings window, click Update
and Security Settings, and then click Windows Update. Under Windows Update,
click Check for Updates link.

If any new updates are available, they
will be offered to you for download and install. If you need further
information about any update, you can then click on Details link. Microsoft
gives each update a Knowledge Base number, and to learn more about a Knowledge
Base Update, you can use your favorite search engine for the same.
If Windows updates displays that your
PC is up to date, it means that all the updates which were available are
already installed on your system.

You can also configure some other
Windows Update settings by clicking on Advanced Options. Here you can specify
that either Windows download and install the updates automatically, which is
already the default option, or it notifies you about when your computer needs
to be schedule for restart.

You can also ask Windows to check for
updates for other Microsoft Products while updating Windows. You can even tell
windows to defer upgrades, which means that Windows will not installed any new
features for several months. Like, Microsoft recently released new version and
latest build of Windows 10. If you defer windows upgrades, then those kinds of
new features will not be available to you automatically for several months.

From Advanced Options window, you can
also view your windows update history by clicking on, View your update history.
Here you can see that which updates have been installed successfully, and which
updates get failed to installed. Windows will retry to install the failed
updates when the next time you check for updates.

If you click the Uninstall Updates
link, then it will open Program and Features applet of Control Panel, from
where you can uninstall all, or a specific windows update. You can even
uninstall the latest preview build of Windows 10, and can revert back to the
previous release.

If there are more than one PC using
Windows 10 over your local network, then you can also configure that Windows
Updates are delivered throughout your network. If you turn on this feature,
then your PC may get or deliver Windows Updates to or from other Windows 10
computers available on your network in addition to Microsoft Servers. This
feature can help speed up the update process, when your local area computers
will be exchanging windows updates with each other, instead of separately
downloading from Microsoft Update server.
If you are interested in testing the
new Windows Insider Builds, then you can also configure the setting by
clicking, Getting Started under Get Insider Preview Builds. But do note that,
there could be some major consequences to upgrading to Insider Preview Builds,
as these builds are not fully tested and you may require to completely
reinstall the Windows from scratch if something went wrong. You should not try
this feature on your regular working computer.

If you think that the latest build is
giving you problem and not working as the way you want it, then you can also
revert back to the previous Windows Build. For instance, I recently upgraded to
latest Windows 10 Build, 10586. So if I plan to revert back to the previous
build, I can do this right from the Settings window, by clicking on Recovery
from the left side pane. Here I can ask Windows to revert back to previous
build.

So, this is how you can configure
Windows 10 Updates and you have the choice to update Windows automatically or
manually.