Windows 8

Windows 8.1 Guide

Guide to Windows Update

Windows is a complex operating system and over time bugs and flaws can be found in the original code. So, Microsoft, releases updates from their web services to allow users to download and apply them to their computer to fix these bugs and flaws and in some cases can install new features or new programs as well to improve Windows.

Setting up computer for manual or automatic updates

1. Open the Control Panel.
2. Select System and Security (if in Category view)
3. Select Windows Update and then Change Settings.


4. Here you can specify how updates are applied to your computer.
a) Install updates automatically. Windows will regularly check for new updates and apply them automatically (this is the recommended option).
b) Download updates but let me choose whether to install the them. Windows will regularly check for new updates but will notify you when they are ready to install. This is useful if you do not want your computer disturbed by updates regularly and have your own update schedule.
c) Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them. This options gives you full control over which updates to download and install.
d) Never check for updates (not recommended). Only use this option if you do not connect to the internet at all.

Applying Updates for your computer

1. If you wish to check and download updates manually, you can do this through the Window Update control panel.
2. Click on Check for updates and it will check which updates apply to your system and will display any available updates.
3. There are three types of updates: Critical, Recommended and Driver updates. The Critical updates are the most vital and should be installed as soon
as they appear (if they apply to your system).
4. You can then select the updates you requires and click Install to download and install them to your computer. By default the original download is deleted after the update is applied.
11. Once an update is applied, an entry is added the to the update history created in Programs and Features control panel.Click on View Installed updates to see what updates are installed and can be uninstalled from here.
12. New updates are also logged into a text file in C:\Windows\Windowsupdate.log.

Applying Updates via Scripts, Command Line and other tools

By default, the 'Automatic Updates' service will find and download updates for you. If you cannot wait then there are a number of commands and scripts you can use:

a) Run Wuauclt /detectnow to force Windows to look for any new updates from Microsoft or WSUS server.
b) Run the cscript WUA_SearchDownloadInstall.vbs script to find and install any new updates.
c) You can download and install using the WSUSOffline tool which has a useful GUI to download/install updates and create ISOs so that it can be used on multiple machines.