Configure Windows 10 Automatic Updates

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, 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-CERT 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 the Start menu and enter Control Panel. Click on Control Panel.

2. Click on System and Security. 

3. You will see Windows Update. Under this you will see Turn automatic updating on or off. Click on this.

4. Your window will look like this:

Configure Windows 10 Automatic Updates

5. Set Important Updates to Install updates automatically (recommended).

6. Enable the checkbox for Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.

7. Enable the checkbox for Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows.

8. Select the OK button.

Some users may not want this set to Automatic. Follow these instructions to change:

1. Select the Start button and type gpedit.msc, and then press the Enter key. This will give access to the Group Policy of the machine.

Configure Windows 10 Automatic Updates

2. Click on Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.

Configure Windows 10 Automatic Updates

3. Double-click on Configure Automatic Updates, and then select Enabled.

4. Under Options, click on the drop-down menu under Configure automatic updating and select option 5-Allow local admin to choose setting. this will allow you to choose options in the drop-down box on Windows Update settings page.

Configure Windows 10 Automatic Updates

5. Click the OK button to close and save the setting.

6. Close Local Group Policy Editor window to close gpedit.

7. Go back to the Control Panel to Windows Update to make changes to the Windows update settings.

8. Select the setting Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.

Configure Windows 10 Automatic Updates

9. Click the OK button to close and save your settings!

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