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Windows 10 FAQ

Windows 10 FAQ - Patches and Updates

Updated: 21 Aug 2016

1. What is a Patch or Update?

As with any software, bugs can be found or features missing from the orginal software supplied. So, Microsoft releases a patch which fixes a problem they found or a missing feature, this patch will replace programs and files on your system with newer versions.

2. Where can I get the latest Patches or New Build version?

Most patches are available with the Windows Update tool in either Settings, Update and Security; the technical Knowledge Base or Microsoft's Security Page.
You need to signed up to the Windows Insider programme to receive New Builds early. See Settings, Update and Security, Advanced Settings, Get Insider Preview builds to install them automaticatlly.

If you are installing either Service Pack, make sure the following two services are set to Automatic and running: Windows Event Collector and Windows Module installer. Also, turn off any Antivirus and Antispyware programs and update drivers to latest versions. To view service pack is installed, look in Control Panel System under the 'Windows edition' section:

If you have Automatic Updates enabled on your PC, then you will get them downloaded and installed automatically, this will ensure your PC is always up to date.


3. How to I save Windows Update files?

Updates are also available via the Knowledge Base documentation which give links to the patches and these can be saved to your hard disk (you need to know the KB numbers e.g. KB823980 or security update e.g. MS03-026.

4. I cannot download Microsoft's Windows Updates?

First check your Update settings in the System control panel in the Automatic Updates page. If you want to manually download files, select Turn off automatic updating. Also, check your Privacy and Security settings in Internet Options are not too restrictive, Medium/Low settings should suffice.
If you have problems with downloading updates make sure Automatic Windows Update and the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) services are running. Also, try re-registering the windows update DLLs in c:\Windows\System32 e.g. regsvr32 wu*.dll.

5. I have downloaded a new build for Windows 10 but it will not install?

First make sure you have enough room on C: to save backup files and install the new build . Also, check that your copy of Windows has a legal Product Code and is Activated. You can update your Product Code with a new one using these instructions. Also, check that the language version of the pack is the same as the language of Windows you already have installed. If for some other reason you cannot install try these tips: run a defrag on C: drive, make sure you shutdown any background programs that may interfere, make sure you do not have bad or old drivers installed, check for errors in the Event Log. Make sure your PC meets the minimum requirements for Windows.

6. I have installed the latest build, but some applications or hardware does not work?

You may need to reinstall the application or the device driver software again as the Service Pack may have overwritten the application's files or device drivers.

7. Some patches say its for 32 bit or 64 bit edition. Which one do I use?

Windows 10 supports 32 bit and 64 bit PCs. Most PCs with Intel Core CPUs are 64 bit CPU based computers, the older Pentium 4 or lower or 32 bit based CPUs.
CPUs that support EM64T (Intel 64) or AMD64 technology can run 64 bit versions of Windows 10.

The Itanium processor used on high end workstations or Servers will be 64 bit. See Control Panel, System and look for System type.

8. I have tried to download the latest patches, but there haven't been any for some time?

To cut the number of patches to download and install, Microsoft have decided to release all patches every second Tuesday of every month. See here for more details of the changes.

9. I have an office or company with lots of PCs, how can I easily deploy patches?

Microsoft has a product called Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) which you can download and install on any Windows 2008, 2008 R2, or 2012 server and use Group Policy to deploy patches to all your PCs in your office or company.

10. Where can I download the latest Anniversary update for Windows 10?

One year after release of Windows 10, Microsoft has released an Anniversary update for Windows 10 on August 2, 2016. It will be automaticall installed via Windows Update or you can download it manually using the Windows10Upgrade28084.exe tool from this Microsoft Support page.