How To Update Windows [All Methods]

You'll need to be on the latest build of Windows to get the best performance. So, we'll show you several ways how to update your Windows.

Updating Windows is crucial, especially if you’re gaming on it. Microsoft releases tons of stability and performance enhancements in the form of Windows Updates. If you work on your PC, it might feel like a bother to restart your PC and install those Windows updates. However, performance improvement and security updates are worth having. Here’s how you can update your Windows.

Key Takeaways

Windows can be updated by several methods, such as:

    • Windows Update
    • Windows Update Assistant
    • Microsoft Update Catalog
    • Windows PowerShell
    • Media creation tool

Update Windows In Settings

The most convenient and preferred way to update any window is using the settings app. Here’s how we can update the window by using the Settings app:

  1. Click on the start option present in the lower left corner.
  2. Now tap on the setting option, which is a gear-shaped icon.

    Opening setting
    Tap on the setting option shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  3. Tap on the Update and Security icons.

    Opening update and security
    Open update and security as shown in the image (image by eXputer).
  4. Select the window update tab present on the left sidebar.
  5. Tap on the check for updates icon. If there is any new update present, it will start to download automatically.

    Checking for updates
    Check on updates as shown in the image (image by eXputer).
  6. Once the updates are installed, restart your device.

By doing so, you have updated your window through settings.

Windows Update Assistant 

You can use two types of update assistants depending on your Windows. If you’re using Windows 10, then use Windows 10 Update Assistant, or you can use the Windows 11 Update Assistant. To update Windows by using Windows Update Assistant, make sure to follow the simple steps given below:

  1. Open the window update assistant download website.

    Downloading widow update assistant
    Download window update assistant as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  2. Tap on the download now option. It will install a Windows update assistant on your PC.
  3. Once the download is completed, open the downloaded file.
  4. Tap yes on the message that is shown on the screen.
  5. The window update assistant will be launched.
  6. Check for the updates and tap on the Update Now option.

    Checking for updates
    Wait for an update as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  7. Choose the next option and then tap on Restart Now.

    Restarting your PC
    Tap on Restart PC as shown in the image (image by eXputer)

By doing so, the Windows update assistant will install the new and latest version of Windows on your PC.

Microsoft Update Catalog

The Microsoft Update Catalog is another platform to install all types of updates. Here are the ways by which we can use it:

  1. Open the Microsoft update Catalog in your browser.

    Opening Microsoft update Catalog
    Open the Microsoft Update Catalog as shown in the image (Image by eXputer)
  2. On this website, you can select the update you want by just entering the KB number of the update. If you are unaware of the KB number, look for easy terms like Windows 10 or Windows 11.

    Microsoft Update Catalog
    Enter the kB number as shown in the image (image by eXputer).
  3. Tap on the install icon present with the update you want to download.

    Tapping on install
    Tap on install as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  4. The new window opens, and all the updated installing links appear.
  5.  Once the update is installed, double-tap the downloaded file to install it on your PC. You will have to extract files using file extraction software if your file has a CAB extension.

So by following the above steps, you have updated your window using the Windows Update Catalog.

Windows PowerShell

You can easily download window updates by using Windows PowerShell as well, but to do that, make sure to follow the simple steps given below:

  1. Open the PowerShell window with admin rights.
  2. For setting the X execution policy, type the following command:
    Set-execution policy remotely signed

    Adding command
    Add command as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  3. It will enable you to show all the modules that must be installed. Click A to accept all.
  4. Now add the following command: Install-module PSwindowsUpdate.
  5. Now press Y and enter.

    Adding command
    Add command as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  6. This will install the PowerShell Windows update package.
  7. Now you have to import the module. To import the module, use the following command: Import-Module PSWindowsUpdate.

    Adding command
    Add command as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  8. Now add the following command: Get-WindowsUpdate

    Adding a command
    Add the command as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  9. Wait for some time. After that, a list of updates will appear.
  10. Now type the following command:
  11. Install-Windows Update and press enter.

    Adding command
    Add the command as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  12. Now type A and enter. By doing so, PowerShell will start the updating process, and after that, you can restart your PC if needed.

Windows Media Creation Tool

The Windows Creation Tool or Windows Update Tool helps update your PC to the latest version. Keep in mind that you’ll need a USB flash drive for this method. Follow these steps to upgrade your Windows and PC:

Warning: The creation tool will make your USB bootable and ease its data. You best use a spare USB to avoid losing valuable information on the flash drive.

  1. Visit the official Microsoft website and download the Windows 10 media creation tool from there.
  2. After downloading the media creation tool, double-click on the file to run the tool.
  3. Then choose to accept the option shown on the page given below.

    Accepting terms and condition
    Accept the terms as shown in the image (image by eXputer).
  4. Wait for some time so that the media creation tool can prepare some things, and then you can continue further.

    Waiting for preparation
    Wait for some time, as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  5. The What do you want to do page appears. On that page, choose Upgrade this PC.

    Upgrading your PC
    Now select Upgrade your PC as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  6. And then press the next button.
  7. Now media creation tool will install some files and check your system. This step might be time-consuming.

    Downloading files
    Wait for downloading as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  8. Go through the license terms and then press Accept.

    Term and policies
    Accept terms as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  9. You have to wait a bit for the tool to search for updates.

    Checking for updates
    Check for updates as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  10. The tool will review your system again and confirm you are ready to download.

    Ready to install
    Wait as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  11. After selecting the update, you’ll see a page displaying your previous choices and update details. Click on “Change What to Keep,” and then choose the specific files you want to retain after the update.
    Change to keep
    Choose Change What to keep (image by eXputer
  12. During the update, you’ll be prompted to decide whether to keep personal files, apps, or nothing. Once you’ve made your choice, click Next to proceed.
  13. Then you have to make sure that every application that is running currently must be closed. After you are done, select the Install option.

    Ready to install
    Click install as shown in the image (image by eXputer)
  14. During installation, your system will restart several times. Make sure not to turn off your system.

After following these steps, you can update your Window to the latest version.

Benefits Of Updating Your Windows

  • Updating Windows makes your system error and bug-free.
  • By updating Windows, the system will have upgraded features and some new ones.
  • Resources usage is improved, which results in improved PC response.
  • It also improves hardware and software compatibility because, in old versions, many new applications may not be compatible.
  • Advanced gaming systems and functions are also formed, and many new tools may be added by updating Windows.

Disadvantages Of Updating Your Windows

As there are many advantages of updating Windows, on the other side, it also has a few disadvantages. Some of them are given below:

  • After updating Windows, some previous versions of software programs and applications may not function properly. 
  • Sometimes, to be eligible for an update (to Windows 11), you must upgrade your hardware components.
  • If your PC isn’t powerful enough, your system may get slowed down after an update.  

FAQs

Why is it important to update your Window?

If you don’t update your Windows, you may become the target of malicious attacks and face errors.

Does updating your Windows takes time?

It depends on the current version of your Windows. If you haven’t updated for quite some time, it’ll take longer for your Windows to get updated to the latest version.

Can I face problems if I update my Windows?

After updating your Windows, some applications or programs may not apply to the system anymore, and there is also a disadvantage that updating your Windows may slow down your PC.

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Ayyoun is a Senior Writer & Editor for Error Fixes, and Game Settings guides on eXputer. He’s been passionate about games and technology since he got his hands on the PlayStation 1. He has a software engineering background and loves to play games from a technical perspective. He has a knack for uncovering solutions for the latest games and presenting them in easy-to-follow guides for his audience. You can keep up with his gaming activity on his Steam profile.

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