WHAT IS WINDOWS UPDATE?
Microsoft Windows Update is a Microsoft service for the Windows 9x and Windows NT families of operating system, which automates downloading and installing Microsoft Windows software updates over the Internet.
Windows Update is a free Microsoft service that’s used to provide updates like service packs and patches for the Windows operating system and other Microsoft software.
Windows Update can also be used to update drivers for popular hardware devices.
Patches and other security updates are routinely released through Windows Update on the second Tuesday of every month—it’s called patch tuesday However, Microsoft releases updates on other days as well, like for urgent fixes.
WHAT IS WINDOWS 10 UPDATE
The Windows 10 Update Assistant downloads and installs feature updates on your device. Feature updates like Windows 10, version 1909 (a.k.a. the Windows 10 November 2019 Update) offer new functionality and help keep your systems secure. You’ll get these updates automatically after you download the Update Assistant.
If you don’t want to wait for an automatic update, or if you want to check for quality updates (which are more frequent and include small fixes and security updates), you can update Windows 10 yourself.
If you’re an IT professional, you can defer updates. Go to Windows 10 servicing options.
Need to know which version of Windows 10 is running on your device? You can check quickly and easily. In the search box on the taskbar, type winver, then select winver from the list of results.
Need to know about required disk space, error codes, removing an installed update, or other update questions? Find more help at Windows Update: FAQ.
What Is Windows Update Used For?
Windows Update is used to keep Microsoft Windows and several other Microsoft programs updated.
Updates often include feature enhancements and security updates to protect Windows from malware and malicious attacks.
You can also use Windows Update to access the update history that shows all the updates that have been installed to the computer through the Windows Update service.
How to Access Windows Update
How you access Windows Update depends on which Windows operating system you’re using:
Windows 10: Windows update is built-in and a part of Windows Settings, available from the Start menu.
Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista: Windows Update is integrated as a Control panel applet and is accessible from within control panel.
Windows Update can also be accessed in Windows Vista and newer by executing this command from the Run dialog box (WIN+R).
control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate
Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98: Windows Update is accessible using the Windows Update website through Internet Explorer
How to Use Windows Update
Open the Windows Update Control Panel applet (or launch the Windows Update website in older versions of Windows). A list of available updates, customize to your specific computer, is shown.
Select the updates you wish to install and follow any instructions given to download and install the updates. Most of the process is entirely automated and might require just a few actions on your part, or you’ll be prompted to restart the computer after the updates are finished installing.
What are the benefits of installing windows updates?
Windows Update, a service offered by Microsoft, provides updates for Windows components. Let’s have a look at what type of updates Microsoft releases and how they benefit the users.
Security issues are the most serious errors – as they could be exploited by malware or hackers. Vulnerabilities are frequently identified in internet explorer, .Net framework, ActiveX and network protocols. Microsoft engineers develop the fix for the security flaws identified in the system and make it available to the Windows users via “windows update”.
Benefit: system remains safe against the known security threats.
New features updates:
.Net frameworks, internet explorer and other component features are released by Microsoft at regular intervals.
Benefit: These features improve the functionality of these web technology and add value to it.
Operating system updates:
Microsoft operating system developers continuously work for the enhancement of operating system and maximum benefit of hardware performance.
Benefit: Operating system performance and hardware acceleration improve the overall speed of the system.
Optional updates include feature updates of softwares like MS office and Microsoft security essentials.
Benefit: Improves your overall software/application level experience.
DISADVANTAGES OF WINDOWS 10 UPDATE
What are the DIsadvantages of Windows 10 Update?
1. A broken driver for a specific hardware or software might get installed, this may stop your computer or hardware from working. 2. You might get into a situation where you don’t know when the update is downloading or installing and this might interfere with the work you are doing on your PC.