Keeping Windows 10 updated can be a never-ending chore. How can you simplify the process?

Microsoft uses updates to improve Windows, fix bugs, and plug security holes. So keeping Windows up to date is key to ensuring the security and reliability of your operating system. But Microsoft doesn’t necessarily make it easy: Updates can be intrusive, confusing, and problematic. You want to ensure that the updates don’t bother you when you’re working, that you’re getting all the right updates, and that the updates themselves don’t create trouble.

One trick is to know how to tweak the settings for Updates. You can schedule Active Hours to prevent Windows 10 from rebooting your PC after an update. You can view a history of updates to make sure you’re getting the right ones. And you can uninstall an update that’s not working properly. You can even tap into advanced settings to determine which updates you receive and when you receive them. Let’s check out some best practices for updating Windows 10.

Previous versions of Windows offer the Windows Update Control Panel applet for you to view and manage your updates. But Windows 10 has since jettisoned the Control Panel tool in favour of the Update & Security option in the Settings app. Open Settings and click on the category for Update & Security. Make sure the Windows Update screen is the active one.

Check for Updates. The first thing you might want to do is click on the button to Check for updates to see if any are waiting to be installed. If so, let the updates do their thing to ensure that you’re running the latest ones for Windows.

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