To have Windows install important updates as they become available, turn on automatic updating. Important updates provide significant benefits, such as improved security and reliability. You can also set Windows to automatically install recommended updates, which can address non-critical problems and help enhance your computing experience. Optional updates and Microsoft updates aren't downloaded or installed automatically.

For more information about automatic updating and installing Windows updates, see Windows Update: Frequently asked questions.

To learn more about the types of updates that Microsoft publishes, go to the Microsoft updates terminology article on the Microsoft Help and Support website.

  1. Open Windows Update by swiping in from the right edge of the screen (or, if you're using a mouse, pointing to the bottom-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer up), tapping or clicking Settings, tapping or clicking Change PC settings, then tapping or clicking Update and recovery.

  2. Tap or click Choose how updates are installed.

  3. Under Important updates, choose the option that you want.

  4. Under Recommended updates, tick the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates checkbox.

  5. Under Microsoft Update, tick the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows checkbox, then tap or click Apply.