Update Your Windows Operating System

Use Windows Update to keep your Windows computer up-to-date with all the latest security patches, bug fixes, and software updates from Microsoft. It is crucial that you keep your operating system current to protect your computer, data and the Amherst network from malware and attacks.

It is crucial that you set up Windows Update to automatically check for and prompt you to install updates. Make sure to install updates when prompted to do so as they are critical for computer security.


Update Windows 10 Manually

  1. Click the Start button, then click Settings.
  2. Click Update & Security.
  3. Click Check for Updates.
  4. Windows will automatically install any detected updates and will prompt you to restart the computer, if necessary.
  5. After restarting, repeat the process above until there are no more important updates to install.

By default, Windows 10 is set to automatically check for updates, but you must leave your computer turned on continuously for this feature to work.

Update Windows 7 Manually

  1. Click the Start button, then click Control Panel.
  2. If the View by setting in the upper right says Category, change it to Large icons or Small icons.
  3. Open the Windows Update control panel.
  4. Regardless of whether you see the message "No important updates available," click the link Check for updates on the left. Wait while your computer checks for updates.
  5. If Windows Update reports that you have important updates available, click the Install Updates button. You may be prompted to restart you computer. 
  6. After restarting, repeat the process above until there are no more important updates to install.

Set up Automatic Updates On Windows 7

  1. Click the Start button, then click Control Panel.
  2. If the View by setting in the upper right says Category, change it to Large icons or Small icons.
  3. Open the Windows Update control panel.
  4. Click Change Settings on the left-side of the application window.
  5. Under Important updates, Select "Install updates automatically (recommended)." and click OK.
  6. Set a time you want your computer to check for updates. Select Every day, then a time when your computer will be on but you won't be using it.
  7. Click OK.

In the future your computer will check for updates in the background and, if any are available, download and install them automatically to your computer. 

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