Windows Update FAQ – The best way to keep Windows 7 up to date is to turn on automatic updates. With automatic updates, you don’t have to search for updates online or worry about missing critical fixes or device drivers for your PC. Instead, Windows Update automatically installs important updates as they become available.
To turn on automatic updates:
- Select the Start button . Type Update in the search box, and select Windows Update from the list of results.
- In the left pane, select Change settings, and then under Important updates, select Install updates automatically (recommended).
- Under Recommended updates, turn on Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates, and then select OK.
Click the questions below to see answers about how Windows Update keeps your device up to date.
If your PC is connected to a network where updates are managed by Group Policy, you might be unable to change settings related to Windows Update. For more info, contact your organization’s support person.
Support for Windows 7 has ended – Windows Update FAQ
After 10 years, support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020. We know change can be difficult, so we are here to help you with recommendations for what to do next and to answer questions about end of support.
What does end of support mean?
As of January 14, 2020, your computer running Windows 7 will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following:
- Technical support for any issues
- Software updates
- Security updates or fixes
While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended. Windows Update FAQ
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To see your PC’s update history, select the Start button, then select Control Panel > Programs. Under Programs and Features, select View installed updates. How do I remove an installed update?
We don’t recommend that you remove any installed updates. However, if you must remove an update, you can do so in update history.
- Select the Start button, then select Control Panel > Programs. Under Programs and Features, select View installed updates.
- Select the update you want to remove, then select Uninstall.
Here are some things you can try if you’re having problems installing updates:
- Make sure that your PC is connected to the internet. Some updates can’t be installed if you’re using a metered internet connection.
- If you’re connected the internet and updates aren’t installed automatically, wait a few minutes and then try to install the updates manually.
- See the Fix Windows Update errors guided walkthrough to try to fix the problem.