Aside from protection offered by well-known anti-virus and anti-malware systems, Microsoft has its own way of making sure Windows users get the latest security for their PC and operating system, and that is through Windows Update. Windows Update keeps computers up-to-date and running smoothly with performance improvements, and it also keeps computers safe from any attempts to break into them. It is recommended to have Windows Update activated to get notifications automatically on a regular basis.
Every now and then, Microsoft discovers bugs in their operating system which keeps it from performing the way that it should. It delivers fixes to these errors through Windows Update, and sometimes even adds new features as part of the fix. Microsoft also acts as an agent for some driver software and delivers updates on behalf of the software manufacturers.
To access Windows 8 settings, bring up the default charms by pointing your cursor to the upper right corner of the screen. Go to Settings, click on Change PC Settings at the bottom of the panel and then select Windows Update. By default, Windows Update is turned on and is set-up to automatically check and install updates for you. However, it does rely on having an internet connection since it goes to the Microsoft website to check for updates. You can also find the Check for updates now button to manually look for updates.
If you need to make any changes to how Windows Update is set-up on your device, these can be made in the Control Panel. Open the Control Panel by typing the word Control Panel while on the Start Screen to conduct a search, and then click once you have found it. Look for Windows Update under System and Security.
Basically, there are 2 types of updates: important updates and optional updates. Even if you are set to automatically install updates, only the most important updates will automatically be installed. You can choose to manually install the optional updates if there are any.
If you look at the bottom left corner of the Windows Update main screen, there is an Installed Updates link. There you will find a list of all installed updates. If you need to uninstall an update, select the update from the list and click Uninstall.
Still in the Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update, at the top left hand corner is the Change Setting link. This is where you can reconfigure the Windows Update setting of your computer. You are recommended to install updates automatically. However, you have other options wherein updates will be downloaded, but you can choose which ones to install. You can also allow Windows to check for updates while letting you decide whether to download and install them. You are not recommended to select never to check for updates, but this might be an option for those with a limited internet connection and who want to control what’s being installed on their computer.
For a finer level of control over Windows Updates, you can define a maintenance window for your computer and set a scheduled maintenance. You can also enable or disable receiving recommended updates as well as updates for other Microsoft products.