How to Update Windows 10 Manually

Windows normally takes care of updates automatically. But you may have noticed that a certain update(s) haven’t installed, so here’s how to update Windows 10 manually.

With updates being so important in order for Windows to bring you the latest features, bug fixes, and security, it’s worthwhile to check that your computer is up to date.

Here’s how to perform updates manually

1. Open Windows Settings

Press and hold the Windows key on your keyboard, tap ‘i’, and release the Windows key. This will open Windows Settings. If you would like to take a look, we have written an article on how to open Windows Settings.

2. Open Update & Security

Left-click on ‘Update & Security’ to open the update window.

3. Update Windows

Left-click on the ‘Check for updates’ button.

Windows will start checking for updates, and afterward, download them. If you get any errors when trying to update manually, use the Windows Update Troubleshooter.

How to change Windows update settings

1. Open Windows Settings and Update & Security

Open Windows Settings by holding down the Windows key and tapping ‘i’ and release the Windows key. Left-click on ‘Update & Security’.

2. Open Advanced settings

Left-click on ‘Advanced settings’ to open the update settings.

Windows update settings and what they mean

We will go over the various settings on the settings page and explain what each setting does.

Update options

Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows:

When you shift the toggle switch to the on position, updates for other Microsoft software like Microsoft Office will be included with your Windows update process.

Automatically download updates, even over metered data connections:

If you have a metered network connection that has a data limit, selecting this option can still allow updates even on this type of network.

Update notifications

Show a notification when your PC requires a restart to finish updating:

A notification popup will be displayed to let you know that an update is partially complete and requires a restart to fully complete it.

Pause updates

Temporary pause updates from being installed on this device for up to 35 days:

If you enable this option, you won’t get any updates for up to 35 days.

Choose when updates are installed

Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) or Semi-Annual Channel drop-down box:

The Targeted Semi-Annual Channel will install all the early release feature updates. This isn’t always recommended as these updates may still contain a few bugs.

Defer feature updates:

Windows feature updates won’t be installed. Feature updates are simply updates that keep the operating system revised twice a year, rather than installing a new version every three years.

Defer security updates:

All security updates won’t be installed. In other words, all updates that are related to keeping up the security of your Windows installation will be skipped.


You might notice that by performing a manual update, a series of updates may install. This happens when updates didn’t happen automatically and they have become backlogged.

That’s why you probably want to check for updates manually from time to time in order to ensure that updates are being installed.

This is especially true if you only have your computer on for checking emails and then it gets turned off. Windows won’t get the chance to check and download all the updates in such a short time frame.

If you fall into this category where your computer only runs for short time intervals, be sure to perform more frequent manual updates.