How to update a Windows computer manually, or pause automatic updates so your PC won’t restart



an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: It should only take a few minutes to update your Windows computer. Hollis Johnson


© Hollis Johnson
It should only take a few minutes to update your Windows computer. Hollis Johnson

  • You can update Windows through the “Update & Security” section of your computer’s Settings app.
  • By default Windows 10 downloads and installs updates automatically, but you can check for updates manually as well.
  • If you want to stop Windows from updating, you can pause updates for about a month at a time.
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In Windows’ earlier days, keeping your computer updated was a chore. This made it easy for viruses to spread, and it sometimes seemed like no two computers ran Windows in the same way.

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Luckily, Windows 10 makes updates almost effortless. By default, Windows 10 should be downloading and offering updates automatically (although you may need to restart the computer on your own).

If you think there might be an update

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