Configure Automatic Updates to Download and Install Updates for Your Computer


I’ve configured Automatic Updates on my Windows system to automatically download updates for me when they’re released by Microsoft, but let me choose when to install. After that all I am left with is just keep a check on a yellow icon that appears in the notification area far right of the taskbar near time display whenever new updates are available for my system. When you hover your mouse pointer over it, the following message is displayed – “Updates are ready for your computer. Click here to install these updates.”

Automatic Update Notification message - Updates are ready for your computer. Click here to install these updatesUpon clicking, you’ll be presented with two option to choose from, that decides the way you want to install updates on your computer. There is Express Install which is recommended of the two and also Custom Install for advanced users. Choose your desired mode of installation and click Install.

Automatic-Updates-recommended-express-install-and-advanced-custom-install-options For the recent update notification I’ve received asking me to choose the mode of installation, I’ve chosen the recommended Express install. After initialization of the installation is done and install process has started, you can find the updates icon in the notification area showing installing updates message.

automatic updates icon in notification area showing installing updates messageHere is the screenshot of Automatic Updates window showing installation status and overall progress. If you don’t want the installation to continue, you can abort it anytime by clicking Cancel.
Automatic Updates - The updates are being installedInstalling Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Family Update for .NET versions 2.0 through 3.5 (KB951847) x86 (updates 1 of 1)…

Here is How You Can Configure Automatic Updates:

To access and configure automatic updates on your system,

  1. Go to ‘Start ► Run… and type wuaucpl.cpl and click OK’.
    Start ► Run ► wuaucpl.cpl
  2. Doing as given in step 1 opens Automatic Updates window for you to configure it choosing your desired update option and help protect your PC.
    Screenshot of Automatic Updates window
  3. As mentioned under Automatic Updates, Windows can regularly check for important updates and install them for you. (Turning on Automatic Updates may automatically update Windows Update software first, before any other updates.)

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