Windows Update

Tutorials and articles about how to use the Windows Update feature, to keep your system secure and up-to-date.

Check for Windows Updates, Learn What They Do & Block Those You Don't Need

Windows UpdateWindows Update is an essential part of running Windows, regardless of which version you have. It's the way Microsoft releases not only updates but also bug fixes and security fixes. It was changed substantially in Windows Vista and has remained much the same since then. In this tutorial we will show you how to use Windows Update in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

How to Use Windows Update from Windows 8.1's PC Settings

Windows UpdateIn Windows 8.1 there are two Windows Update tools: one available from the Desktop (which hasn't changed since Windows 7) and one in PC Settings, that's optimized for users with touch devices. When using the PC Settings version, you can view information about available updates, check for new updates manually, install those that are available, view your update history, and choose how updates get installed in Windows 8.1. Here's how it all works:

How to Manually Search for App Updates in the Windows Store

windows storeIn Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, the Windows Store handles your app updates automatically. However, this doesn't mean that your apps are updated very fast. As always when working with updates, there is a delay between when updates are released and when they are available on your PC or device. But, Windows does give you the option to force a manual check for app updates, so that you can install them as quickly as you need. Here's how to manually check for app updates, in the Windows Store.

How to Use Windows Update from Windows 8's PC Settings

We’ve covered how to configure Windows Update from the Control Panel when Windows 7 was released. That process has changed little with the release of Windows 8, so there isn’t much use in revisiting that in depth. There is however, a new way to work with updates in Windows 8, that you’ve never seen before. Using the new PC Settings window, you can check for and install updates on your computer without having to work your way into the Control Panel. Read on and we’ll show how it works.

The Best Tools to Check for Software Updates

During the early days of Windows, the operating system was the direct target of most malware creators and Microsoft has worked a lot on hardening the operating system, creating and delivering security patches to its users as timely as they possibly could. Today, Windows is a more secure operating system and the malware creators’ focus is now on finding and using vulnerabilities for popular Windows applications. Therefore, keeping your applications up-to-date has become very important for having a secure computing experience. But... how do you keep your applications up-to-date, without manually searching for updates once very few weeks? This analysis aims to answer this question and propose some good tools for this task.

NOTE: This article has been updated based on feedback received from users and the developers of some of the applications included in my tests.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 - What’s New, Prep-Work and How to Install it

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has been available since February 22nd, for those interested in installing it. Due to the fact that Microsoft did not roll it out as a mandatory update and that it doesn’t really include new features, there hasn’t been too much fuss about it - except certain experts recommending to wait for a few more months and not install it yet. We took a bit of time until we installed it ourselves and now, that we’ve been through this “experience", we are ready to share what we learned about it with you: new functionality introduced by Windows 7 SP1, prep-work recommended prior to its installation, ways to install it and how to get help in case of issues.

Install & Change to a New Display Language in Windows 7 Ultimate

If you buy a laptop from a different country and Windows 7 comes pre-installed, most probably you will want to change the display language to the one used in your country. The same when, for example, you want to give a computer as a gift to someone else, who might not be keen on using Windows 7 in English and they prefer their local language. For such scenarios, you need to know how to install and change the display language. The procedure is different, depending on the version of Windows 7 you have installed. In this tutorial we will cover the procedure you need to follow when using Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 7. For other editions, stay tuned for future tutorials.

How to Check for & Install Windows Updates

Windows Update is one of the tools which were redesigned completely in Windows Vista. Instead of having to browse to a specific Microsoft web page, the whole update process was managed directly by the operating system. Windows 7 keeps the same approach and introduces a very small number of changes to this process, mostly cosmetic. In this tutorial I will show how to use Windows Update to check, select and install updates. I'll also show how to prevent certain unwanted updates from being installed. If you have skipped from Windows XP directly to Windows 7, then this tutorial is a must read.