Windows 10 November update: FAQ

Here are some answers to questions about the Windows 10 November update and how to keep your Windows 10 PC up to date.

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About the Windows 10 November update

Windows 10 is a service, which means it's always up to date and your PC always has the latest and best features. The November update, which includes additional features and improvements, will automatically download and install when it’s available.

If you want to check for the update now, select the Start button , then select Settings  > Update & security > Windows Update > Check for updates. If you’re not seeing the update, hang tight. It'll be available soon.

Here are some things to know about the update:

  • The download is about 3 GB. If you use a metered Internet connection, connect to an unmetered network in order to avoid any extra charges.

  • After the update is installed, when you sign in, you'll see screens indicating your PC is completing setup. These screens are shades of blue and similar to when you installed Windows 10 for the first time.

  • Your settings will stay the same and you won't lose any data.

  • After setup is complete, your PC will be running Windows 10 Version 1511. To see what version your PC is running, select the Start button , then select Settings  > System > About.

Notes

  • If it’s been less than 31 days since you upgraded to Windows 10, you won’t get the November update right away; this will allow you to go back to your previous version of Windows if you choose. After the 31 days have passed, your PC will automatically download the November update.

  • If the setting to defer upgrades is turned on, you may not get the update immediately. To make sure this setting is off, select the Start button , then select Settings  > Update & security > Windows Update > Advanced options, and clear the checkbox for Defer upgrades.
  • Any update installed on your PC before the November update will no longer be listed in your update history.

How do I keep my PC up to date?

Updates automatically download and install when they’re available—which means that your PC always has the latest and best features.

Windows 10 periodically checks for updates. If you want to check manually, select the Start button , then select Settings  > Update & security > Windows Update > Check for updates.

If Windows Update says that your PC is up to date, then you have all the updates that are currently available for your PC.

Is my PC eligible for the latest updates?

Most updates automatically download and install when they're available. However, if it has been less than a month since you upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version of Windows, you may not be able to get some updates right away. This is so you can go back to your previous version of Windows.

How long does it take to download updates to my PC?

The amount of time it takes to download updates can depend on a number of factors, including connection speed, network settings, and download size. Make sure that your PC is plugged in and connected to Wi‑Fi or Ethernet in order to shorten the amount of time it takes to download updates.