How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10

Tina Sieber Updated 02-04-2018

Windows Update keeps changing in Windows 10. Gone are the days when users could block security patches and driver updates. Microsoft has simplified and automated the Windows Update process at the expense of transparency.


We highlight what has changed in Windows Update, explain how it works now, and how you can still customize it to your needs.

What’s New in Windows Update in Windows 10

In Windows 10, updates are mandatory and more automated than in previous Windows versions. With the April 2018 Update (version 1803, released April 30, 2018), Microsoft is introducing several updates to Windows Update.

Faster Feature Updates

In 2017, the average installation of Windows 10 feature updates took over an hour. Installing the Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) took around 82 minutes. Microsoft has been working on cutting down that “offline time”. For the Fall Creators Update (version 1709), they had already slashed it to 51 minutes on average.

For the upcoming April 2018 Update (version 1803), Microsoft promises that your fresh Windows installation will be back up and running in no less than 30 minutes.

How do they do it? Many steps required to install updates, which used to interrupt the installation and thus increase your PC’s offline time, will now happen in the background while you’re using Windows. For example, Windows will prepare your content for migration and place the new OS into a temporary working directory before it reboots to install updates.


Windows 10 old vs. new Windows Update model

Should you notice a performance drop prior to the installation of an update, this may be why.

Delayed Sleep

With Windows 10 version 1803, Windows Update will be able to delay Sleep mode for up to two hours. In other words, Windows Update will continue to download updates if the computer is in AC power and not in active use. This means you’ll receive your updates sooner and with less hassle.

New Windows Update Troubleshooter

This isn’t directly related to Windows Update on Windows 10. However, in case Windows Update is stuck and not working How to Resolve Windows Update Problems in 5 Easy Steps Has Windows Update failed you? Maybe the download got stuck or the update refused to install. We'll show you how to fix the most common issues with Windows Update in Windows 10. Read More  for you, try this new Windows Update troubleshooter, which Microsoft released earlier this year.


Windows 10 Standards

Some Windows 10 editions include the option to defer upgrades for a limited time. Security updates, however, are excluded from this option; everyone receives them automatically.

Meanwhile, Windows 10 Home users have to accept all updates and upgrades that Windows downloads and installs in the background, often combined with a scheduled reboot. Security patches, new features, and settings changes are force-fed alike, some bordering on bloat and adware How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 Windows 10 comes with its own set of pre-installed apps. Let's look at the methods you can use to remove the bloatware on your PC and debloat Windows 10. Read More . The only time when updates won’t auto-download is when the device is on a metered connection.

In many ways, Windows Update is now easier to use and safer for the average person. Unless a user is willing and able to use advanced tools, they won’t miss another security update. From the safety perspective, automated updates are a blessing. On the other hand, users are at the mercy of Microsoft, a company not exactly known for never messing up.



Let’s see how you can make the best of it.

The Windows Update Basics

Windows Update can work entirely in the background. It will only require your attention when it’s time to reboot. With the right settings, however, you won’t even notice that anymore.

How to Check for Updates

To review your Windows Update settings, head to Settings (using the Windows key + I shortcut) The Windows 10 Settings Guide: How to Do Anything and Everything Do you know your way around the Settings app in Windows 10? Here's everything you need to know. Read More > Update & Security > Windows Update. Click Check for updates to see which updates are currently available.

Windows 10 Check for updates


You might come to this screen and see updates waiting to be installed. That’s because Windows regularly checks for updates in the background. Click the Restart Now button when you’re ready to apply the updates and expect to wait for half an hour or more before your computer is available again.

If you ever have need, you can also install updates manually through the Microsoft Update catalog How to Use the Microsoft Windows Update Catalog for Windows Updates What is the Microsoft Update Catalog and what does it offer? Here's how to install individual updates from it. Read More .

Change Active Hours

Windows 10 Change Active Hours

The Active Hours feature lets you define up to 18 hours during which Windows Update won’t run. On the Windows Update screen, click Change active hours and make your selection.

This is the closest that Home users will get to stopping Windows Update, short of using a metered connection or disabling their computer’s internet access.

Customize When and How Updates Will Be Installed

Under Advanced options, you can customize how updates are installed. Previously, Windows 10 offered a Notify to schedule restart option in this window.

Windows will now default to your inactive hours to install updates and restart, though it won’t force-restart your computer while you’re working on it. Instead, it will show a reminder when it’s going to restart. We recommend turning On the option to see more notifications about restarting.

Windows 10 Update Options

You can also enable Windows Update to Automatically download updates, even over metered data connections. Though, we recommend you keep this setting switched Off.

The option to Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows lets you receive updates for Microsoft applications you have installed, such as Microsoft Office or Edge.

Manually Start and Schedule Updates

When you manually trigger the installation of an update (from Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update), you can either let Windows schedule a restart during a time you usually don’t use your device or select a restart time yourself. You can schedule the reboot up to 6 days in the future. Of course, you can also click Restart now to be done with it immediately.

Windows 10 Windows Update Restart

Note that even if you manually schedule a restart time, Windows won’t force reboot when it turns out you’re busy using your computer at the selected time. It will offer to delay the restart by what it estimates to be the best time.

Windows 10 Scheduled Restart

How to Pause and Defer Feature Updates

The option to defer Windows 10 updates is no longer available through Windows Update. Instead, you will see an option to Pause Updates. Go to Windows Update > Advanced options to turn this option On and pause updates for up to seven days.

Windows 10 Pause Updates

Control Windows Update With the Group Policy Editor

Users of Windows 10 Pro, Education, and Enterprise can use the Local Group Policy Editor (LGPE) to fine-tune Windows Update and defer feature updates 7 Ways to Temporarily Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10 Windows Update keeps your system patched and safe. In Windows 10 you're at the mercy of Microsoft's schedule unless you know hidden settings and tweaks. So, keep Windows Update under control. Read More .

Windows Update for Business

Go to Windows Search (Windows key + Q) and type gpedit.msc, then select Edit group policy from the results. Inside the Local Group Policy Editor, browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business and double-click the Select when Feature Updates are received entry.

Windows 10 Defer Updates with Local Group Policy Editor

This setting allows you to defer updates for up to 365 days. Pausing or delaying updates is useful in case an upgrade is known to cause issues or has caused you issues and forced you to recover your system (see the section on how to uninstall updates below).

The other policy in this folder allows you to Select when Quality Updates are received.

Windows Update

Jumping back one step, browse the Windows Update folder in the LGPE and notice the following options:

  • Allow non-administrators to receive update notifications: this setting will allow those users “to install all optional, recommended, and important content for which they have received a notification.” Note that if you enable this option, standard users will not only receive Windows Update notifications, they also won’t need elevated permissions to install most updates.
  • Always automatically restart at the scheduled time: this sounds like how Windows Update used to operate. It will force a restart, giving the user between 15 to 180 minutes (depending on how you set it up) to save their work.
  • Configure Automatic Updates: this LGPE item represents a set of features that used to be available through Windows Update. You can let Windows notify you about available downloads, then install automatically or download automatically and notify you about the installation or download automatically and let you schedule the installation. Finally, you can allow the local admin to choose the setting, which should return the option to the Settings app.
  • Do not include drivers with Windows Updates: this option lets you exclude driver updates from Windows Update Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 A bad Windows driver can ruin your day. In Windows 10, Windows Update automatically updates hardware drivers. If you suffer the consequences, let us show you how to roll back your driver and block future... Read More .
  • Remove access to use all Windows Update features: here we essentially have the opposite to the first setting in this list. Enable this to prevent non-administrative users from scanning, downloading, or installing updates.

How to Uninstall Windows Updates

You cannot prevent the installation of certain updates and due to the way Microsoft now delivers updates, it has also become close to impossible to remove individual updates. But you still have some options.

Use Recovery Options

Should a feature update have gone terribly wrong, you can undo that installation Regret Updating Windows 10? How to Revert to an Earlier Version If you've updated to the Windows 10 Creators Update and wish you hadn't, you can roll back for a limited time. Here's how to get your old Windows version back. Read More . Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View update history > Recovery options. Here you can Go back to the previous version of Windows 10.

Note that you only have 10 days to restore your previous installation. If you wait any longer, Windows will delete the backup files stored under Windows.old How to Delete Old Windows Update Files There is still one part of Windows Update that needs your attention: the old files that are left behind. They can take up a lot of space. Read More and you won’t be able to go back.

Outdated: Uninstall Updates via the Control Panel

The option to uninstall updates via the Control Panel is being deprecated. While you will still find the option under Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options > View your update history when you choose the option to Uninstall updates, which will open a Control Panel window, the list will be bare and you won’t find an Uninstall button, even after selecting updates.

Windows 10 Uninstall Updates

The screenshot above shows what this option used to look like. But since Microsoft no longer offers separate update files, you can no longer uninstall them individually.

Show or Hide Driver Updates Troubleshooter

In addition to replacing updated drivers via the Device Manager or uninstalling recent updates via the Control Panel, Microsoft has also released a troubleshooter that allows you to hide driver updates and thus prevent Windows from reinstalling them until a revised version becomes available.

Download the troubleshooter wushowhide.diagcab from Microsoft; it’s a standalone application, no installation required. From the initial screen click Next.

Windows 10 Show or Hide Updates

The troubleshooter will now detect problems and look for driver updates installed on your system. On the following screen, you can either choose to Hide updates or Show hidden updates.

Windows 10 Hide Updates

Click Hide updates, select the offending update/s, and click Next to resolve the issue.

Windows 10 Hide Updates List

To restore an update, select Show hidden updates from the respective screen, select the hidden update, and click Next.

Windows 10 Show Hidden Updates

The troubleshooter will do its magic and you should finally see a confirmation that problems were resolved.

Windows 10 Hide Updates Troubleshooter

Windows Update Network Settings

In Windows 10, Windows Update offers easy to manage network-related settings that you should examine to avoid exceeding your bandwidth limit or incurring extra charges on a mobile data plan.

Set Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO)

The settings under Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO) let you give Windows permission to download updates from other PCs; either anywhere on the internet, which preserves Microsoft server capacity, or on your local network. The first option could potentially be abused to introduce altered updates. When limiting downloads to devices within your local network, however, you can potentially lighten the load on your own internet bandwidth.

You’ll find this option under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options > Delivery Optimization. If you have multiple Windows 10 PCs on your network, it makes sense to allow downloads from PCs on your local network.

Windows Update Delivery Optimization

Limit the Bandwidth Available to Windows Update

If you want to save even more bandwidth, click on Advanced options from the Delivery Optimization page. Here you’ll find options to limit how much bandwidth Windows can use while downloading or uploading updates. While you can set a monthly upload limit (when sharing updates with other PCs), Windows won’t let you set a download limit. If you stay with default settings, Windows will dynamically optimize the bandwidth allocated to Windows Update.

Windows 10 Download Bandwidth Settings

Set Up a Metered Connection

On Windows 10, Windows Update won’t run if you’re on a metered connection. To ensure Windows won’t waste your limited bandwidth, open Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi, connect to the metered connection, maybe a Wi-Fi hotspot you’re tethering from your mobile, then select the network, and toggle Set as metered connection to On.

Windows 10 Metered Connection

Now Windows 10 won’t download updates while you’re connected to this network.

Enable System Restore

Uninstalling and hiding troublesome updates may not be sufficient. If you can’t risk being surprised by a faulty update, we strongly recommend enabling System Restore. In case an update didn’t go so smoothly, you will be able to simply roll back to when everything was OK.

Go to Windows Search, type system restore, and select Create a restore point. An old-fashioned System Properties window will launch. In the System Protection tab, select your system drive, and click Configure… In the new window, select Turn on system protection, define the Max Usage space you can dedicate, and click OK to save your changes.

Windows 10 System Restore

Back in the previous window, you can now manually Create… your first restore point. Windows will now create new restore points whenever your system goes through changes, which includes the installation of security and feature updates What's the Most Secure Way to Handle OS Upgrades? Don't think you need to update your operating system? Here's why you need OS updates and how you should install them. Read More .

Ready to Update?

For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. For everyone else, it’s a case of “out of sight, out of mind.” Designed to operate in the background, Windows Update automatically keeps your system safe and running smoothly.

Sometimes an update comes with bugs, so be sure to prepare before you install a feature update. And if you don’t want to install the next version of Windows 10 How (Not) to Upgrade to the Latest Windows 10 Version The Windows 10 October 2018 Update will roll out soon. Whether you want to latest feature upgrade now or wait, we show you how. Read More , remember that you can only escape it for so long. Unless you upgrade to Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Home vs. Pro: Do You Need to Upgrade? Windows 10 Pro offers more features than Home, but the upgrade also carries a $99 price tag. Let's see whether it's worth it. Read More , then you can stay safe a little longer.

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  1. Mike Gale
    December 7, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Update on Windows 10 is, for me, an major disaster.

    I had some problems before the "creator's" updates, including the design error that prevented me marking a metered connection as such.

    I changed a couple of settings, made a note of that. It eventually updated when I had a proper connection again (I'm in Australia and some government enforced idiocy is depriving some Internet users of proper connections for many months, some even a year...). To get going again I unset the settings that I had made, when I had a decent connection again. No immediate impact but within 24 hours it had started the update process (as usual no warning no nothing).

    Update is now in an odd state. I have no "check for updates" button and I am reported as paused for both quality and feature updates. I MOST DEFINITELY did not set these pauses.

    Now I can't find what settings to make to get this right. (The help on the GPEDIT settings makes some incomprehensible statement that the settings may or may not work as described in that help. WTF.)

    Maybe there should just be a super setting. I don't want anything to do with updating VS Yep I want to control updates to some degree. Without that the guys who designed this might meet a sticky end some day.

    • Mike Gale
      December 8, 2017 at 4:29 am

      I had several features in updates that were not responding to GPEdit changes or the UI in the Update app.

      These included, UI buttons (like check for updates) missing and a long list (12) of items marked as "controlled by organisation" even though the corresponding GPEdit settings said otherwise.

      I went through the registry and edited a setting that seems to have made the update app work again. UI buttons have re-appeared and that list of "controlled by" items has halved.

      The setting was in Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate, it was to pause feature updates. Changed from 1 to 0.

      This has not been manually changed to correspond with the change in the Update UI, so, I guess, something else changed, maybe the code that drive the Update UI (and, for me, seems to have invented several settings).

      Might be worth checking the registry if the UI and GPEdit are not working for you.

      (Now I need to find what they're referring to as "Mobile Device Management".)

      • Tina Sieber
        December 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm

        Thank you for the update, Mike!

        I appreciate your patience in getting to the bottom of this and that you shared your solution. I would have tried a sledgehammer approach and reset Windows or tried to repair system files.

        • Mike Gale
          December 9, 2017 at 3:40 am

          Prior to finding this I ran sfc /scannow. Nothing found. Clean bill of health. I would have run DISM if the Registry work hadn't done the trick.

          I've started the updates app several times now. All still seems good, so I'm pretty sure it's fixed.

          I'd really like to see the code that does this.

          (In one way I really like GPEdit. I can leave comments each time I touch a setting. There's a lot more would benefit from having something like that.)

  2. Gordon Daun
    October 23, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    windows Update wont install updates on my laptop how do I fix it

  3. kristin page
    September 30, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I'm the tech support person for a couple of blind people. The most common issue they have is "no voice". In the past two years only one of the calls has been an audio problem - all of the others have been Windows 10 silently updating while displaying an update message that cannot be read by the voice software. The Windows 10 update system not only interferes, it prevents, their ability to work, it costs them a house call from me (I void the hourly charge but can't afford to do the same for the house call fee.) They really need either the old manual update system or a fully voice-compliant updating display.

    • Tina Sieber
      September 30, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      That's a rare insight and a serious issue. Thank you for sharing, Kristin!

      You should definitely submit this via the Insider Hub or a Microsoft support forum. Microsoft offers free Windows 10 upgrades to people using assistive technologies. It's almost cynical if these people can't fully navigate/control the operating system by themselves.

  4. billy
    August 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I've just purchased a new laptop with Windows 10 Home and just discovered I have no control over the Windows Update.....NOT HAPPY.
    : (
    They should bring back the option to turn off auto update, if it defaults to "auto" all the nubs can be happy, but for us control freaks we want.....control. Control over what gets downloaded and installed and when.
    The are many built in apps I do not use and dont need updated, but I would like to be able to simply download and install the security patches etc.
    But Bill and his cronies have taken this power away from us....NOT HAPPY

    • Tina Sieber
      August 5, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Well, you can temporarily turn off Windows Update, but we don't recommend it. It's a workaround for when you absolutely can't have it running out of the blue.

    • me
      October 25, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Sell your Windows PC on ebay; what to replace it with is an issue. For me I think I've finally been pushed to Linux since the Mac OS is not much better.

  5. Jan
    May 23, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I keep on getting this Error: 0x80070422 My laptop is very new and uses windows 10. This is very frustrating.

    • Tina Sieber
      May 23, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Jan, did you try to search for the error message? It looks like this is an issue with the Windows Update service. This Microsoft Answers post may lead you to a solution.

  6. Josefina
    May 16, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks for finally writing about >How to Manage
    Windows Update in Windows 10 <Liked it!
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    • mike
      May 21, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Useful. Lately, I find the need to force updates with wanna cry going on etc. But, I see the updates listed in windows update but restart or even shutdown does not force install. Also, option on power off symbo is missing update and restart option. Windows knows my win 10 does not need to be updated???

      • Tina Sieber
        May 21, 2017 at 7:23 pm

        This sounds strange, Mike. Did you try to use the button to restart and update now from Windows Update in the Settings app?

  7. Trent
    March 19, 2017 at 2:24 am

    The update happened and totally changed everything on my desktop. It changed the display and resolution and I can't find documents or my programs, photos are gone, resolution was changed,etc. My email program and printer are not working, says I have to set it all up again! How can I get it back to how I had it set up?

    • Tina Sieber
      March 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Trent, did you check in Settings whether you can go back to your previous versions of Windows? Use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I and go to Update & security > Recovery. Good luck!

  8. yourname
    March 12, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I want more settings in the interface for Windows Update in Windows 10.
    I have a tiny SSD with a bit of memory, so I value each hundred Megabytes. It's a pity they made a ChromOpera out of the original Opera. Perhaps, i will have to get back to Windows 7.
    I cannot see much improvement in Windows 10.

    • Tina Sieber
      March 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      The Creators Update will include more Windows Update settings. It's still not as detailed as Windows 7 used to be.

      Note that Windows 7 now delivers updates in bulk too, so you can no longer refuse individual updates. They are making it less and less worthwhile to downgrade.

  9. bocca
    January 11, 2017 at 8:56 am

    What a useless post. I came here to learn how to stop win 10 from ever restarting if I don't want it to, and instead got this which you can read just about anywhere...

  10. Col Payne
    November 29, 2016 at 5:13 am

    I hate this automatic update malarky that microsoft has introduced. I like to manually check for updates and install them manually at a time of my choosing. I really like the way updates are handled in linux, which I use a lot, and wish Windows 10 had something similar.

  11. Phyllis
    November 17, 2016 at 12:56 am

    This article has shed some light as to why I cannot find Check for Updates and Update Now for Windows 10. When applications slow down and things are just not as responsive as usual, it is most likely an update is due. That's what I like about being able to check for updates myself. Auto update whilst is good can take ages. I was waiting for the 4 downloads while I was reading this article and as I'm typing this comment, downloading is still at 0%. Meanwhile, everything just slows down significantly. I guess its time for another update to change the update settings.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 17, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Auto-updating sure is frustrating.

      I was complaining about slow internet to my ISP the other day, only to realize that it might have been Windows Update downloading a huge update that made my internet connection to slow down to a crawl. The moment the update was ready to install, internet speed was fine.

      This could have been a coincidence of course; I'll look into network traffic next time.

  12. Anne Gothard
    November 16, 2016 at 1:37 am

    "Have you had any issues or are you satisfied with how little it interferes with your work?" Are you kidding me? It's forcing a reboot in the middle of my very limited evening computer time! F*CK YOU MICROSOFT!!!! I'm going back to the Mac.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 16, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Anne, note that you can set active hours in Windows 10. Press Windows key + I, go to Update & security, and find the option under Update settings. Make sure your evening hours are set as your active hours and Windows Update shouldn't bother you during those times. Good luck!

  13. Joe
    November 15, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Do not like the "automatic" windows update, primarily because there is no way to force an update. I have 6 PCs, all Windows 10. Some get "stuck" on certain security updates and never install them. Even if I move from wireless to ethernet connection. It is not clear whether these are necessary updates, nor is there a way to bypass them. I know that "MS knows best" but it would be nice if they were to explain.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 15, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Windows Update remains frustrating.

      Microsoft does release summaries each month of updates released on Patch Tuesday. That won't help with stuck updates, but at least you have an idea of what you're getting.

  14. dachief
    November 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

    So much angst against the boys in Redmond. It's all about money. So many forget that, not too long ago, updates were pushed out monthly, on a Tuesday (except for critical, security updates). So, MS had huge server farms to deliver those updates to 1B+ installations. Now, they push updates out when they have bandwidth and, in effect, reduce the operating costs of those farms.

    Can it be done better? Of course it could. Can they return control of updates back to the clients? Yes, they could. I have no sympathy for MS and its global removal of this control. But, instead of venting at Redmond, blame the hackers who purposely develop new exploits and force all those patches to be released. And, the exploits are not focused solely on Redmond.

    As for switching to unix, with what do you replace MS Office? Open Office, Google docs? Both are pale imitations of Office. Of course you can add in a bridge to run Office on unix but then you're back to updating the Office suite with security patches. What about legacy apps that only run on windows? What about 95% of the windows users who have no clue about the actual programs that run when they click on an icon? How do you replace that core, basic interface on unix? If it was that simple to do, most businesses in the world would have already switched over.

    It appears that few of you are aware that businesses (at least anyone running Server 2008 and above) DO have control over the update cycle. They have full control over which updates are applied and when those updates are pushed out to their user base.

    In closing, the current update process is not optimized for small fry. You have 3 choices:
    - control what you can in windows 10
    - go back to windows 7
    - go to another o/s altogether.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 7, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Thank you for your input!

      Security updates are still pushed out on Patch Tuesday; at least that's when they are downloaded. The difference is that now users can't control which updates are downloaded and installed. Even on Windows 7 updates are now delivered in bulk and users can no longer exclude individual patches.

      It's true that businesses retain control over updates and may depend on Windows for Microsoft Office and legacy applications. This isn't true for home users or all professional users. For most of them, alternative Office suites and other software alternatives, as well as mainstream distributions of Linux are more than sufficient.

      Because it's good enough, entire governments and government branches have switched to Linux:

      The United States Department of Defense uses Linux - "the U.S. Army is “the” single largest install base for Red Hat Linux"[30] and the US Navy nuclear submarine fleet runs on Linux,[31] including their sonar systems.[32]

      Source: Wikipedia's list of Linux adopters.

      Look, I'm the Windows editor around here. I have no interested in our readers departing to Linux in droves. I make part of my living based on people having issues with Windows. But I'm realistic enough to know that people could switch without major issues. In fact, I think anyone concerned about privacy who needs to upgrade their old Windows 7 computer, should probably choose Linux rather than Windows 10 for their new computer.

  15. Michael Key
    November 3, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Not being able to reboot without updating is stupid and painful. I want to update when and if I choose. I've been looking at spinning dots for an hour now. This is a complete waste of my time. Productively is at a stand still. I'm posting from my phone. I'd love for android to develop a desktop OS so I can dump windows.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

      The Windows 10 default is to "Update and shut down" or "Update and restart". But if you go to Start Menu > Power, you'll see several options with and without installing updates. Choose Restart, if you want to reboot without updates or Shut down if you want to shut down without updating.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 4, 2016 at 10:55 am

      By the way, Google is developing a desktop OS and you can already buy Android 2-in-1 devices or a Chromebook. You'll be surprised, how much you can do offline with a Chromebook. You could also try an Android-based OS, though it's not exactly market-ready, yet. Finally, why not try Linux; Android is based on the Linux kernel anyway.

      • TheVest
        November 14, 2016 at 7:50 am

        Well, if you're at the point where you're recommending in-development operating systems (like Google's desktop OS), why not give ReactOS a try?

        • Tina Sieber
          November 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

          Sure, why not. I'd always recommend dual booting a new OS before fully switching to it (if possible at all), but other than that I'm all for trying stuff out. This will bring many folks back to Windows, while others will be happy they made a leap.

  16. Jackie
    October 30, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    An automatic Windows update ( Update for Windows 10 version 1607 for x64 based systems KB3199986) was done on my computer 2 days ago, and ever since, my computer has been SO slow you'd think I had "dial-up" service!! You detailed how to uninstall an update - which I followed - however, it wouldn't allow it - the "uninstall" wouldn't appear when I checked this particular update....what gives???

    • Tina Sieber
      November 2, 2016 at 8:34 am

      That sucks. On Windows 10, most updates are mandatory and hence can't be removed. You could try to go back to a Restore Point, in case you enabled System Restore (it's disabled by default). Or you could try to go back to an earlier build or reset your PC (Settings > Update & security > Recovery). I would try a reset with keeping personal files in tact, but you will lose installed programs. Good luck!

  17. Frank F
    October 29, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Perhaps I am one of those "Control Freaks", but I really think the inability to easily inhibit Automatic Reboots is totally unacceptable!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Yeah, I hate coming back to my laptop, which was supposed to hibernate in order to preserve my session, and finding that Windows Update rebooted it during non-active hours. The only workaround I have found is to unplug the power cord; it seems that Windows Update only runs on A/C power.

      • Frank F
        October 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm

        That's interesting. Terrible to hear that it even sabotages Hibernate mode. I wonder what would happen if I just turned off Wifi ("AirPlane Mode on") on my laptop (and with no wired internet), since some have commented on how Windows Update needs the internet to work. But then it would just figure if stupid Win 10 was to automatically turn Wifi back on (so as to do the update), and then reboot.

  18. Dan
    October 29, 2016 at 1:35 am

    I like Windows 10 except for one problem. I live in an area where I have only 2 options for internet service; slow or expensive. When it starts updating on the slow, it I can't do anything else and the connection times out before the update is finished. On the fast it eats up data very quickly. Either way I can't do anything with it until the update is finished and installed. On previous versions I could choose when to update and how many updates I downloaded at one time without timing out my connection. I hope Windows 10 will have this option soon!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 30, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Windows 10 was designed with unlimited broadband internet in mind. The limitations you describe were of no concern to the developers. It's hugely frustrating for Windows users in rural areas or wherever bandwidth is limited.

  19. Max Williams
    October 22, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Microsoft has finally pushed me to the edge with the Win 10 update regime, followed by the changes of the Anniversary update and the loss of several group policy settings. I am looking at ways to get the results I want in Windows despite Microsoft - but I am more interested in changing all our office computers to Android PC. With so much of our work on the 'net or in the cloud, I don't need MS apps - so out with Windows. I don't need to be bullied, and I do not respond well to it. Good Bye Redmond!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 23, 2016 at 10:35 am

      How will you change your office computers to Android, Max? Will you buy new hardware or install the OS on existing hardware?

      • Max Williams
        November 7, 2016 at 1:16 am

        Sorry for slow reply. Various Android OS for x86 machines are already workable. We use two Corel programs and an Excel application that are the only legacy items holding us back on to Windows. In the next few weeks we will break free from Excel - at last. If Crossover doesn't allow us to use the Corel programs (Wordperfect and Corel Draw), we'll have to drop those too.

        Everything else we use is browser based or multi-platform. Job Done!

        Same hardware - just no more windows update hassles - like another one of our machines (Win 8.1 upgraded to Win 10) has just died in a Win 10 update. This is a rubbish situation to have to face - almost weekly.

        • Tina Sieber
          November 7, 2016 at 9:43 am

          Thank you for sharing, Max!

          CrossOver is an application that allows Windows applications to run on Android.

          What are you replacing Excel with?
          And what potential replacements do you have in mind for Corel?

          Your first comment was posted fine by the way, so I removed the duplicate second one.

  20. navder
    October 20, 2016 at 10:59 am

    User should have the option to select which updates he wants to install and which he wants to keep pending for a later date. Secondly it should show percentage updated for each item and not total updated percentage for all items selected. If a user has selected a time for insatll and download he should have the option to change it to immediate update and install without any issue. the screen should be available to change the settings whenever he wants.


    • Tina Sieber
      October 23, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Yeah, there's lots of room for improvement with Windows Update. Thank you for your thoughts, Navder!

  21. Jack Mortimer
    October 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    One of my computers got the Oct 11 update OK. The other, my main wouldn't you know, is stuck in perpetual circle of dots. Left it overnight with no improvement. Power cycle did not help this time. I was able to regress to an earlier set point but the next reboot resumed the circle of dots screen. When I regress again, is there a way to un-download the newest patch?

    • Tina Sieber
      October 16, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Jack, is this on Windows 10?

      Have you tried to go back to an earlier build (Settings > Update & security > Recovery)?

      Maybe something went wrong with the update files. Stop the Windows Update service, clear all the Windows Update downloads / cache (C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download), then let it download and update again.

      If that still doesn't fix it, temporarily block Windows Update until you find a solution. At least you'll be able to use your computer, but vulnerabilities won't be patched.

      Good luck and do let us know in case you find a solution!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 16, 2016 at 10:57 am

      This articles features some more tips and tricks to fix Windows Update in Windows 10: //

  22. BkAngel
    October 13, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Here is the new reply:
    Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs all updates that apply to your system, including driver updates. The troubleshooter lists all driver updates installed on your system. You don't have to worry about installing those "available" updates because they're already installed. They are "available" for your hiding.

    Driver updates can be very delicate, hence Microsoft is providing a way to block or hide them. In other words, you can use the Troubleshooter to remove those driver updates, install your own drivers, and see whether that fixes the issue you experienced.
    Tina Sieber —— 2016-10-13 09:45:05
    Visit: //

    Thanks SO much! But it appears that my "Service registration is missing or corrupt"?
    I think Microsoft is actually what's corrupt. What a waste of money. =(

  23. BkAngel
    October 13, 2016 at 4:07 am

    See how the troubleshooter shows a bunch more updates that it says are available? Why don't those updates ever get downloaded/ installed. I blocked/ hid the one I wanted to block/ hide, but I don't know how to get the ones I did not choose to block/ hide to download/ install. It does not give me those updates when I check for updates, or when it downloads my updates.
    Does anyone know how I can get those to download?

    • Tina Sieber
      October 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs all updates that apply to your system, including driver updates. The troubleshooter lists all driver updates installed on your system. You don't have to worry about installing those "available" updates because they're already installed. They are "available" for your hiding.

      Driver updates can be very delicate, hence Microsoft is providing a way to block or hide them. In other words, you can use the Troubleshooter to remove those driver updates, install your own drivers, and see whether that fixes the issue you experienced.

      • BkAngel
        October 16, 2016 at 4:42 pm

        Thanks a ton! I feel much better, now! =)

  24. tony
    October 9, 2016 at 10:54 am

    1) There is a way to totally block Win 10 updates - if I disclose it here who knows how those propeller heads -who have no idea about intelligent systems design- will react.
    2) Win 10 Updates can be selectively obtained and run individually via manual control - again no disclosure of the method will e done here.
    3) As far as Tina Sieber is concerned - what kind of 'scientist' talks about 'automized'? From a real scientist to an alchemist----the word is 'automated' dear. The degradation of Western Civilisation never ceases to amaze me.
    T. N.

    • Tina Sieber
      October 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Thanks for your passionate input, Tony.

      Just to be very scientific, I wrote automatized. It may be used less frequently, but it's a proper word.

      Yep, it's a mad word.

  25. ron
    October 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    windows updates kill my network and pc performance, tablets lock up and find it is an update that is killing it. especially the surface tablet.
    also the updates seem to reset all the settings I have had to alter to get my applications and web access working so have to reset all again to get them working . have not found any method to update from an already updated pc and guess if anything is happening it is killing my network updating other peoples pc's
    - network just died trying to update defender while reading this!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 11, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Supposedly, if you enable sharing of updates on your local network, you can save some bandwidth. Go to Settings (Windows key + I) > Update & security > Advanced options > Choose how updates are delivered (or just search for the latter), enable the feature and make sure it's limited to PCs on your local network.

      Good luck!

  26. MH
    September 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Does anyone know any way to get back the old update mode that let me choose what and when to install updates, or do i have to edit the WU binaries to get this back?

    • Tina Sieber
      September 27, 2016 at 10:56 am

      You can no longer choose what to update and your impact on when to update is severely limited. If you do end up finding a workaround, I'd be interested in hearing about it!

  27. Kay
    September 15, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I would like the feature of being able to see the updates and then be able to individually apply them if want. Recent Microsoft update to Office 2016 completely disabled the product. what's up with that?

    • Tina Sieber
      September 27, 2016 at 10:55 am

      They are streamlining their updates to ensure everyone runs on the latest version faster. It simplifies support and it's potentially more secure (in theory).

  28. DullRazr
    September 12, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I, like many other posters have a 10 Gb data cap and multiple devices on my network - a single update can chew up the entire data cap. I simply refuse to upgrade to Windows 10 until Microsoft gives me the ability to schedule downloads during off-hours that aren't capped. Even now, with Win 7 & 8 I had to block any device on my network from connecting to a windows update site during prime hours using a rule on my router. (even though you can schedule the start of a maintenance period, it can still trigger a download outside the scheduled time!)
    Microsoft needs to fix this - otherwise when they stop supporting windows 7, I'll have to turn to Linux.

    • Tina Sieber
      September 16, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      I totally agree. Not only can you not predict when updates will be downloaded, with Microsoft releasing major Windows updates once or twice a year, some updates are also huge.

  29. JOHN
    August 24, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    how can I stop Windows 10 updating automatically? I only have 10Gb/month and when If Windows uses my data allowance I may have to stop using the internet for the last few days of the month THIS MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 25, 2016 at 9:48 am

      I hear your frustration, John! This is the reason we hate Windows Update. Microsoft developers have a very elitist view of the world - as if everyone had an unlimited broadband internet connection. I wish.

      I have written another article on how to temporarily disable Windows Update in Windows 10. This should help you block updates in the future, at least temporarily. Good luck!

    • BkAngel
      October 16, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      If you change your settings to say you have a 'metered connection', the updates will not happen automatically. Or if you have a higher than Home Premium Win 10 product, you can 'defer' your updates. =)

  30. annony
    August 17, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Removing peoples ability to choose what goes on their computers isn't just is beyond disgusting. It makes me sick that the computer industry has degenerated into am not exagerating. power when outside forces can force changes to your propery after you own it like this it is facism. If they simply left the option to choose updates and or download them as executables I would have no concerns.
    We are talking about a private company, not even your elected government, deciding what is best for you and NOT giving you the option to examine the options before hand. If the government tried this sort of crap people would be outraged.
    I thought maybe I was being a tad paranoid with the whole cortana thing...but now...with this anything I do to disable cortana...or fix any other Microsoft bullshit can just be undone in the next update. Unless, of course, I choose not to get updates at all.
    Microsoft wants people to pay money for this sort of treatment? If this was an honest attempt to benefit the users there would be an option to do things the old way with warnings.
    Sheesh...Linux is free and it treats its "customers" with more respecf than this.
    Maybe I am making a big deal out of notning, but I seriosly cannot think of any other place in society where this would be allowed.
    They may know better than I do...but so does my doctor, but he still requeres my consent and provides me with the option to inform myself before any procedure.
    Giving me the option to control what is on my own computer with the OS I paid for is not asking to much is it?

    Sorry for rambling and the bad writting. Just tired of all this.
    (I used to love computers)

    • Tina Sieber
      August 17, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Microsoft sure knows how to stir up some emotions with its products.

      Have you switched to Linux?

    • alya
      October 9, 2016 at 9:41 am

      I 100% agree with you.

      I doubt if ever Microsoft even be bothered to answer us to even to say "Yayyy you got it you dumbos are all poppets and we have got to fill our pockets out of idiots like you. What makes you think you have a say in it since you are all using our products!!!..."

      SO lets give support to the other options

  31. Maruf Azad Mridul
    August 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    thank you so much
    it;s very very usefu

  32. Dudi
    July 28, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Very useful. TNX!

  33. Barack Obama
    April 29, 2016 at 1:33 am

    If you don't want any of the hassles associated with the auto-winupdates in Windows 10 (they do suck, middle of the night restarts especially), then just disable the windows update service and they will not get downloaded or installed.

    When I want to update my machine every so often, I start the service, then go to Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update and click the 'Update Now' button. When it's finished, disable the service again...

    • Tina Sieber
      April 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Good advice, if you do remember to run Windows Update.

    • Mars
      June 27, 2016 at 10:59 am

      How do we achieve this, Mr. Obama, sir? ("this" being ... "completely disable windows update service" ... FYI: I have 3 machines with Win 10 Home and 1 machine with Win 10 Pro. Procedure details for Home machines would be much appreciated.)

      • Ryan
        July 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm

        You open the run console (win+r) and type in "services.msc" and hit enter. Find Windows Update in the list, right-click, properties, and change "start-up type" to "disabled". Then hit ok, and right-click the service again, hit stop, and its gone! Same process for home and pro.

  34. Gene A Fisher
    April 13, 2016 at 2:02 am

    The computer runs as slow as can be when it is downloading updates, especially if there has been a week or more since the last update. I can scarcely use the computer when it is downloading and installing updates. I don't want to use the bit torrent option (i.e., taking data from other computers). I would rather have windows take its time with the downloads and updates, working in the background, so that I can use it.

    Linux does its updates usually in small packages and restarts are infrequent. Also, Linux notifies you when an update is ready. My work is rarely interrupted or slowed down when I am using Linux. Why can't windows have an update system like Linux has?

    I like both Windows 10 and Linux Mint. I alternate them from week to week.

    Gene Fisher,

  35. Eric MacDonald
    March 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I like to have hands-on control of updates. I like to be able to update at my convenience, and don't like it running in the background. Microsoft is becoming more instrusive day by day, and it should stop. The good thing about Windows always used to be a measure of user autonomy. Now this is being taken away. I prefer Windows 7, and may actually go back to it. Windows 10 has not added any functionality over Windows 7 that I think worthwhile. It has installed a bunch of programs for which I have no use, and I would uninstall all of them if I could. I don't want apps as a feature of Windows. But the update hassle is the biggest one I have encountered. I want the option to search for updates, choose the ones I want, and hide the rest. Windows 10 is a backwards step so far as Windows is concerned. I have reinstalled Windows 7 on my laptop, and will probably do the same for my desktop machine as well. I see no advantage whatever in having Windows 10.

  36. Fran G
    March 26, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    When I go to the page update & security, search for updates is already opened. I can not cliclk on any of the other settings and it also does not search for updates. It is like it is locked up or something. What is the problem and how do I fix it?
    Fran G

  37. Carla
    March 15, 2016 at 6:06 am

    So here's my case:
    I have 2 desktop PCs and 2 laptops on a single home network, each a member of the same homegroup. To save up bandwidth, I try to completely update one desktop PC and when everything seems fine on that one (no bluescreen, etc.), I start updating the other 3. I have the "Get updates from and send updates to PCs on my local network" option enabled on all 4.

    The problem is, the other 3 don't seem to use the updates initially downloaded by the first desktop PC. I inferred this by monitoring the update speed of the other 3 PCs over the previous weeks. I understand that each have different drivers that may account for this, but based on the update list (mostly software not related to drivers) I think the other 3 should quickly update if the "update via local network" is working properly.

    Any ideas how to fix this? Thanks in advance for replies.

    • Tina Sieber
      March 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Carla, unfortunately I can't help you here. Microsoft hasn't given users access to advanced controls regarding the delivery of updates. It sounds like you have done everything right and the updates are still not being shared among the devices on the same network.

      The only thing I can think of is that the devices are not seen as being on the same network. Could this be the case? I'd post this question on a Microsoft forum or through the Windows 10 Feedback app. You're probably not the only one with this issue and maybe they need to fix something. Do let them know!

  38. Lyn
    March 14, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    The last time windows 10 did an update I lost all my settings, couldn't get into my emails, my internet settings were all gone, nothing that I had on my computer was there anymore! I did a restore system toget it all back and do NOT want any more updates! How can I stop this happening, or at least stop loosing all my settings?

    • Tina Sieber
      March 17, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Lyn, that's really frustrating and it shouldn't happen. What kind of update was that?

      You can upgrade to the Professional version, so that you can defer updates for a while (and in the meantime bugs might get resolved).

      You could also set your Internet connection to a metered connection and exclude the download of updates over a metered connection, but this would mean that you'd never patch any security vulnerabilities and this will come to haunt you sooner or later.

      Of course you might also be able to downgrade to Windows 7 or 8 and block updates, if they still mess with your device, but we do NOT recommend blocking updates!

      In any case, you should always have backups of everything. Windows 10 allows you to sync many of your settings.

  39. Steven St Clair
    February 26, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Windows remains a joke. The "updates" have led to Wi-Fi issues (presumably related to the need to install new drivers after the updates) in 2 Dell computers (returned) and now a MSI computer (realizing we just have to live with it). Absurd - we are required to get updates we don't want, then have to figure out what drivers need to be updated - and do this on the random schedule imposed by Microsoft. It's 2016 - in 30 years, Microsoft hasn't solved the most basic issues with their OS.

    • Tina Sieber
      February 26, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Wow, you've had real bad luck with Windows 10 on your devices! Sorry to hear that.

      By the way, you can control driver updates in Windows 10 and install the drivers that work best.

  40. James Sindoni
    February 3, 2016 at 6:11 am

    It now appears obvious that you have removed our ability to get to the Windows Update page on Windows 10 so that we can do our own "check for updates" or other functions. The least you can do is adjust the info on this page and many others that offer the same misleading and incorrect information. It also would be appropriate to let us know about information like this rather than running us around with this outdated info. Some of us out here have some intelligence too.

    • Tina Sieber
      February 3, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Windows 10 has a Feedback app where you can post your feedback directly to Microsoft.

  41. James Sindoni
    February 3, 2016 at 6:05 am

    I have been trying for over two hours now to get to the page on my computer that I have been to hundreds of times over the years, and that's the page to "check for updates". I have been to at least 8 of your info pages during this time and they all say that I can click on "start" and then "settings" and then I should see "windows update" there and should be able to open it. I have been there since I have installed "10" months ago, several times, and the option in "settings" was there, but now it is no longer even listed as an option, and scouring my computer, I can find no way to view or use this page. What's up with that? I fix computers and in the past and obviously the present as well, your info pages do not directly deal with many issues and also provide false or outdated information. I find this incredible coming from a company that must have many geniuses on the payroll. When will someone address this issue and get the right person in charge of problem solving for us? Your info pages need a giant overhaul. More often than not, they just waste my time, and create a lot of frustration, so much so that I am considering switching to Linux in the near future. Windows 10 is not all that great, it appears it's main purpose is to increase advertising revenue.

    • Tina Sieber
      February 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      I'm confused. Are you addressing Microsoft or MakeUseOf?

      This article was published in November 2015 and MakeUseOf is not affiliated with Microsoft. It's entirely possible that things have changed in the meantime.

      If you're still looking for the Settings app in Windows 10, try the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I or press the Start button and find a shortcut to the Settings app between Power and File Explorer.

      From the Settings app start page, go to Update & Security. Is that what you were looking for?

  42. Sterling
    January 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I have Dish Network for internet service. I am metered at 10 GB monthly with an additional 10 GB between the hours of 2 am to 8 am. I have 3 Windows computers. Last month the Window updates depleted my monthly allocation of daytime data. I have set up my computers connect by WI-FI for metered connection and the computer connected to my LAN for deferred updates. I have also set the option to share the updates. However, I need to manually download the updates between the hours of 2 am to 8 am. Is there a way to schedule the update downloads to occur between the hours of 2 am and 8 am? If not, is there freeware out there that will do this?

    • Tina Sieber
      February 2, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Sterling, right now there is no such option built into Windows 10.

      Can you connect your computer to LAN after you shut it down and schedule it to wake up at 2am and shut down again by 8am? This could let it download updates in the morning hours.

      • L-Space_Traveler
        May 16, 2017 at 6:51 am

        Is this answer still true? I am in the same boat - I just want to manually download the freakin' updates during my midnight to 5am unlimited data period. I tried unchecking "metered", but all I can get is that "updates are available" - with no way to download them, and it isn't doing it automatically.

        • Tina Sieber
          May 16, 2017 at 6:39 pm

          Since the Windows 10 Creators Update you can pause updates for up to 7 days, even in Windows 10 Home. Unfortunately, you still can't schedule updates to download or install during a specific time frame.

          What you can do, however, is "manually" downloading updates using a tool like WSUS Offline Update. You can set a scheduled task in Windows to run this tool at night.

          Let me know whether this workaround solves your issue. Thanks!

        • L-Space_Traveler
          June 10, 2017 at 9:55 pm

          [There's no "reply" button at the end of your response to me, so . . . ]

          YOU ARE MY HERO!!!! Thank you so much! I have searched the internet, and found only others with my problem, but no solutions. I ran this last night and it certainly downloaded a lot of stuff - I am assuming that it got everything it was supposed to. I really appreciate this. I will direct others with this problem to this site, thank you!

        • Tina Sieber
          June 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm

          Glad this worked for you! And I appreciate that you returned to let me and everyone else know it did. :)

  43. bill
    January 28, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Let ME decide when to update. It's MY damn computer!

    • GrandToDo
      March 2, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Yes indeedy - go back to letting users install updates at their convenience - I have had 2 projects completely botched and requiring rebuild cause updates caused such a slowdown in my computer's functionality! I want to download it at MY discretion and NOT have it self-load when I need memory, etc for running program!

  44. Irene
    January 8, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I absolutely HATE automatic updates!!!!

  45. Dennis
    December 19, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I am completely tired of two things...

    (1) The time it takes to update, even some of the small ones take a long time to download and install/update, and

    (2) Not being able to see the updates that have been installed. I watched the Fall update being installed and then when I went to view the updates that were installed the Fall update that was just installed didn't show up. I went to the Control Panel to view the installed updates and it didn't show up there either! So, I rebooted the computer and went back to the Control Panel and it didn't show up then either! What is going on here? Am I going nuts, or what?

  46. Chich
    December 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    how do I force it to update.

    It has three "waiting for download" ALL freaking afternoon. I have to go I need it to be done now.

    • Tina Sieber
      December 17, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Do you see the "waiting for download" message in the Settings app? In that case just shut the machine down and let it download next time.

  47. lisa joy
    December 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I dont have the option to defer.

    • Tina Sieber
      December 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

      I should have clarified that the Home edition of Windows 10 does not have this option.

  48. Angry_at_microsoft
    December 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Windows 10 updates are one of the WORST NEW THINGS.... Yeah for people who are NOT GOOD at IT, computers, or English, it's "better". And I hate this. Instead of motivating people to educating themself, learn IT, get better, companies started motivating people to be lazy, making everything automatic like for the dumbest, beer-drinking, in front of TV-sitting idiots...
    What about the people who like to tweak everything, manage their computers and care about privacy? Microsoft decided to "scr*** them".
    Thank you. Thank you for motivating me to start looking for another operating system. Hopefully, soon Microsoft will lose their monopoly, because the company is just getting worse and worse... Reminds me of Office 365....

  49. mike
    December 4, 2015 at 11:49 am

    "For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. For everyone else, it’s a case of “out of sight, out of mind”. I wish !

    I'm afraid not as my Win 8.1 TV stick has tried to update 3 times so far and failed every time with a typical unhelpful error message. Only new major brand hardware of less than 2-3 years vintage appears to upgrade without a problem but even that took 6 hours on my HP Envy notebook. Win 10 update/upgrade is the worst version of Windows ever to install via an update process and even Vista wasn't that bad.

  50. Bob Gest
    December 4, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Are there others who are stuck on Build 10240? I do not know if this has happened because I was an Insider; however, I do know that this is frustrating. Bob Gest

  51. Edgar Wehner
    November 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I am still waiting for 1511 . When do I get it?

    • Bill P
      November 28, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Mr. Wehner,

      You can download an ISO of Windows 10 complete with the new update.

      Scroll down to where is says download tool now (blue link). When the tool runs it will ask you to upgrade or download iso file to burn to a dvd.