Have you recently switched to Windows 10 and, not finding the classic Windows Update menu like on Windows 7, would you need a hand to understand how to keep your operating system always updated? Have you finally decided to switch from Windows 7 or Windows 8.x to Windows 10 and would you like help to do this in total safety? No problem, if you want, I’m here to give you a hand.
In the next chapters of this tutorial, in fact, I will explain both how to update Windows 10 , that is, how to install updates for this version of the Microsoft operating system, and how to switch from a previous edition of Windows to Windows 10. Contrary to what you can think, I assure you that these are two extremely simple and intuitive procedures.
So, without delaying an extra second, take some time and carefully read everything I have to explain to you on this topic: I’m sure that, in a short time, you will have acquired the necessary skills to be able to complete all the necessary updates in total autonomy. That said, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you good reading and good luck!
- How to do Windows 10 updates
- Install Windows 10 updates automatically
- Install Windows 10 updates manually
- Unable to install Windows 10 updates
- How to upgrade to Windows 10
- How to upgrade to Windows 10 with Windows update
- How to update Windows 10 manually
How to do Windows 10 updates
Basically, Windows 10 is configured to automatically download and install available updates. However, if you are concerned that the operating system has not downloaded all the available updates, you can check their availability through Windows Update, or install them manually, using the Microsoft Update Catalog. Below I will explain how to proceed in both cases.
Install Windows 10 updates automatically
To install Windows 10 updates automatically , you can rely on Windows Update , the tool integrated into Windows that allows you to get the updates available in a very simple way.
To start Windows Update, right-click on the Start button (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen), click on the Settings item located in the menu that appears and click on the icon dedicated to Update and security in the new screen opened.
Now, click on Windows Update (on the left) and then on the Check for updates button , in order to check if there are updates available; if so, the download and installation will start automatically. If there is a “major” update to Windows 10, you will have to click on the Download and Install button instead , in order to start the update procedure, which could take several minutes (and which will require a restart of the computer to be completed).
If, on the other hand, you have suspended the automatic installation of updates in the past , you can restore it by clicking on the Resume Updates button at the top.
Install Windows 10 updates manually
Alternatively, or if you have not found any updates available on Windows Update, you can proceed with the manual installation of the same, acting from the Microsoft website.
In this case, you have two ways to go: the first is to use the Windows 10 Update Assistant – the official tool, available on Microsoft’s website , which allows you to install the latest version of the operating system on your computer.
To use it, after connecting to the previously mentioned site, click on the Update now button and, once the file has been downloaded, start it and click on the Yes , Update and Next buttons , to proceed with checking the requirements and installing the update.
The time required to complete the procedure varies according to the size of the update and the speed of the Internet connection; once the update is complete, click on the Restart button and that’s it.
If, on the other hand, you want to selectively download the updates you need, you can use the Windows 10 Update History , which is the list of updates released starting from the official launch date of the operating system.
Then connect to the appropriate section of the Microsoft site , select the version of the operating system in your possession from the left sidebar (eg. Update history of Windows 10, version 2004 and Windows 7, version 2004 ), select the code of the update to download (eg KB4571756 ) and, after reading the details, write down everything. If you don’t know the exact version of Windows 10 you are running, press the Win + R key combination on your keyboard, type the command winver.exein the window that appears on the screen and press Enter .
In any case, once you have chosen the update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog and enter the code in the search bar located at the top; then select the correct update from those proposed for Windows 10 (based on the architecture of the operating system ), click on the Download button corresponding to it and then on the link with the .msu extension , located on the next screen.
When the download is complete, run the file obtained, press the Yes button and wait for the procedure to be completed. Finally, restart your computer by clicking on the appropriate button.
Unable to install Windows 10 updates
How do you say? Although you have slavishly followed the instructions I have given you so far, were you unable to update Windows 10 ? In this case, first check that you meet the basic requirements for the update to be successful: to do this, check the correct functioning of the Internet connection , make sure you have enough disk space and, above all, check that you are connected to Windows an administrative profile .
Are the above requirements met? In this case, you can try to deal with the problem using the Windows Update troubleshooter built into Windows 10.
To recall it, open the Control Panel by recalling it from the Windows System folder of the Start menu , type the words Windows Update in the search bar located at the top right and click on the item Locate and fix problems related to Windows Update , which should be among the proposed results.
Now, click on the Next button and wait for the computer scan to finish; when this happens, you should see the list of problems found and solved automatically (identified by a green check mark). Once the “repair” phase is completed, close the tool and try to update the computer again.
If, even in this way, you are unable to solve the problem, I refer you to reading my guide dedicated to Windows updates , in which I have provided you with a list of possible problems (with relative solutions) that may arise during the update procedure.
How to upgrade to Windows 10
Do you have an older version of the Microsoft operating system and want to upgrade to Windows 10 ? Also in this case you have two ways to go: use the official Media Creation Tool program to automatically download and install the update via Windows Update, or transfer the operating system ISO to DVD or USB stick and perform the update manually.
I remind you that, unless you are entitled to the free upgrade to Windows 10 (a possibility no longer officially supported by Microsoft but which, at least until September 2020, still seems to be granted in some cases), to be able to use the operating system you must purchase a license for use.
Currently, the official cost of Windows 10 Home is € 145 , which increases to € 259 for Windows 10 Pro ; you can purchase a user license directly from the Microsoft website, or from other well-known online stores, such as Amazon .
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In the latter cases, it is possible to come across even important discounts, however you must always beware of potentially dishonest sellers. If you don’t have a Windows 10 user license yet and you don’t know how to get it, you can follow the step-by-step guide I dedicated to the topic.
Furthermore, before proceeding with the update, I advise you to make a safety backup of the data most important to you: although updating the operating system does not involve formatting the disk, it is always good to have a copy of your files , to be restored if anything goes wrong. In this regard, I refer you to reading my guides on how to make a Windows 7 backup and how to transfer files from PC to USB stick .
How to upgrade to Windows 10 with Windows update
As already mentioned in the introductory jokes of this chapter, to update Windows 7 and Windows 8.x to Windows 10 via Windows Update, you can contact the Media Creation Tool, the official tool dedicated to downloading and updating to Windows 10.
To use it, connected to the appropriate section of the Microsoft website , click on the Download the tool now button and, when the download is complete, start the MediaCreationToolXY.exe file .
Subsequently, click on Yes to start the preliminary verification phase of the requirements, click on the Accept button , wait a few more minutes and, when possible, put the check mark next to the words Update your PC now and click on the Next button . Note that the operating system download operation may take a long time, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.
The installation of the operating system will take place completely automatically and will cause some reboots of the computer; when prompted, click on the Next and Yes buttons to complete the setup phase and restart the computer for the last time. At the next login, you will have to perform the first configuration of the operating system: you can choose to use the quick settings or to customize the various settings, following the wizard that is proposed to you (and which I told you about in detail in another guide ) .
How to update Windows 10 manually
To update Windows 10 manually , however, you need to create a Windows installation media and start the operating system setup directly from the BIOS / UEFI. To proceed, download the Media Creation Tool as I have shown you above , start the downloaded executable and, after accepting the Microsoft license terms, put the check mark next to the word Create installation media (USB flash drive , DVD or ISO file) for another PC .
Next, click on the Next button , put the check mark next to the Use the recommended options for this PC box (if not already there), click on the Next button and specify whether to create a USB flash drive or to download the ISO file from burn to DVD later.
In the first case, connect a USB stick with a capacity of at least 8 GB to the computer , click on the Next button and, after selecting its name , press Next again to copy the necessary files; in the second case, specify the folder in which to save the ISO file , click on the Save button and, when the download is complete, burn it to a blank DVD , using the program you prefer.
At this point, keeping the installation media just made connected, restart your computer : if everything went smoothly, you should see the Windows 10 installation screen , or the message Press a key to boot from DVD… . If necessary, do the latter to boot from the installation media.
If, on the other hand, you have to access the currently installed operating system, you must correctly configure BIOS / UEFI , changing the boot order of the computer, in order to boot from USB / DVD; if you don’t know how to do it, stick to the steps I gave you in my guide on how to get into the BIOS .
In any case, once the Windows 10 setup screen is displayed, choose the language , the time / currency format and the keyboard layout , click on the Next and Install buttons and, if applicable, enter the Windows product key (or click on the item Not now , to insert it later).
In this way, you will update the operating system while leaving all the files and settings on the computer intact; if, on the other hand, you prefer to perform a “clean” installation of Windows 10, you must select the Customize option on the screen immediately following the choice of the Windows version, and format the partition where you installed Windows 7 / Windows 8.1 using the manager displayed on screen.