Windows 7 update instructions will be shown first with Windows 10 following below.
How to install Windows 7 updates
Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 end of life extended support is January 14, 2020, after this date automatic fixes and updates will no longer be available. Without these updates, you will be vulnerable to viruses and malware.
1. Open the Control Panel and click ‘System and Security’.
2. Click ‘Windows Update’ and the Windows Update window appears.
3. If you opened Control Panel and your PC is set to Category View as below click on ‘Windows Update’.
4. Click ‘Check For Updates’ in the left-hand pane. After checking for updates, Windows Update reports any important or optional updates that were found.
5. The Windows Updates will show any important or optional installs. In this example, you can see four optional updates available and 1 important update.
6. Select the installs you want to install and click ‘OK’.
7. Click on the ‘Install Updates’ button, Windows then downloads and installs any updates you have selected.
8. You can cancel the updates by clicking on the ‘Stop Installation’. Once the updates are downloaded and installed, Windows will prompt you if a restart is required.
9. Click ‘Restart now’ and your system restarts and Windows 7 completes the installation of the updates.
10. If you had to restart your computer you will need to follow Steps 1-3 to return to this screen. Windows Update should show that it is now up to date.
11. You can view any installed updates by clicking on ‘View Update History’ in the left-hand pane see below. If you have issues, you may need to consider removing the update.
How to install Windows 10 updates
Windows 10 is updated automatically by downloading and installing updates released by Microsoft, this usually occurs every second Tuesday of the month known as Patch Tuesday. However, important updates could be released at any time prior to this.
Windows 10 automatically checks for new Windows Updates at the time you have set in automatic maintenance. You can set active hours, usually, this is set to 08:00 – 17:00 and lets windows know when the PC is being used most so the computer doesn’t automatically restart windows during this period.
Advanced options allow you to also receive updates for other Microsoft products.
To check windows is up to date
1. Click on the start button (1) on the taskbar or press the Windows key to open the Start menu, click on the settings (2) link at the bottom left.
2. In Settings click on the Update & security icon.
3. Click on Windows Update on the left side, and click on the Check for updates button circled. (see screenshot below)
4. Windows will check for available updates. (as shown below)
5. Windows will automatically download and install any available updates. (as shown below)
6. If there were problems installing any updates, you can click on retry to try installing them again. (as shown below)
7. If a restart is required it will schedule updates to finish installing later outside of your active hours or you can click on Restart now (as shown below)