Operating Systems and applications have a constant stream of updates. If you have enough applications on your computer, you may be prompted daily to update. Many of our clients tend to ignore these messages,Â but they are critical to maintain system security and stability. To simplify the process, let's configure Windows 10 Automatic Updates.
Although developers do create some updates in order to provide new features, squash bugs, or even just to freshen up the user interface, by far the most common reason for updates is security. Developers are in a furious cat-and-mouse game with criminals who discover vulnerabilities in the OS or application. Through these vulnerabilities criminals are able to gain access to users data, passwords, banking data, and even have full control over the computer without the users knowledge. Most updates are designed to patch the vulnerability that allows for such penetration. In order to prevent your computer from falling victim to these criminal attacks, it is vital to update both the OS and applications as quickly as possible. US-CERTÂ strongly recommends that all computers update within 48 hours of the release of any patch.
In order to configure Windows 10 automatic updates, follow these steps:
1. Click on theÂ StartÂ menu and enterÂ Control Panel. Click onÂ Control Panel.
2. Click on System and Security.Â
3. You will seeÂ Windows Update. Under this you will seeÂ Turn automatic updating on or off.Â Click on this.
4. Your window will look like this:
5.Â SetÂ Important Updates toÂ Install updates automatically (recommended).
6. Enable the checkbox forÂ Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.
7. Enable the checkbox forÂ Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows.
8. Select theÂ OKÂ button.
Some users may not want this set toÂ Automatic. Follow these instructions to change:
1. Select theÂ StartÂ button and typeÂ gpedit.msc, and then press theÂ EnterÂ key. This will give access to the Group Policy of the machine.
2. Click onÂ Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.
3. Double-click onÂ Configure Automatic Updates,Â and then selectÂ Enabled.
4. UnderÂ Options,Â click on the drop-down menu underÂ Configure automatic updatingÂ and select option 5-Allow local admin to choose setting. this will allow you to choose options in the drop-down box onÂ Windows UpdateÂ settings page.
5. Click theÂ OKÂ button to close and save the setting.
6. CloseÂ Local Group Policy EditorÂ window to closeÂ gpedit.
7. Go back to theÂ Control PanelÂ toÂ Windows UpdateÂ to make changes to theÂ Windows update settings.
8. Select the settingÂ Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.
9. Click theÂ OKÂ button to close and save your settings!