Windows 10 – Windows Update


Windows 10 has changed the way updates are delivered to your computer. There are now more options for when you restart your computer once updates are completed as well as the ability to defer getting any upgrades until a later date.


  • Access Windows Update settings
  • Change update installation options
  • Choose how updates are delivered
  • Access and change other update settings

Access Windows Updates Options

In order to get into the Windows Update options in Windows 10, type Windows Update into the Windows search bar. You can also access Windows Update by opening the start menu and clicking Settings>Updates & Security>Windows Update.


From here, you can see if your device is in need of updating. You will also see the date that your computer last checked for updates and your current setting for how updates are downloaded and installed. To access these options, click on Advanced Options.


Note: In later versions of Windows 10, some of the advanced options have been changed.


If you would like to change when your computer restarts after updating, you can click in the first drop down box noted in the screenshot above. You’ll get two options: Automatic or Notify to Schedule Restart. If Automatic is chosen, your computer will restart when it’s done updating, which may mean you could lose whatever you happen to be working on at the moment your computer wants to restart. The other option notifies when a restart is needed and you can choose whether or not that is a good time for you to restart the computer. Note: If you have a newer version of Windows 10, some of settings used in the Windows Update screen have been moved.


Newer Windows 10 users have two new options on the main Windows Update screen. The first is change active hours. When a restart after updating is necessary, Windows will not attempt to restart during the active hours you select. Windows will always check before attempting a restart, even outside of the active hours window.


The second new option is restart options. When a restart has been scheduled, you can use this feature to set a specific time to restart and temporarily override the active hours if they have been set. You may use this feature if you know you will be finished using your computer at a certain time.


Edit: If you are using a wired computer within the library to complete this assignment, you will not have the option to “notify to schedule restart” or to use a custom restart time. This is because updates are pushed out automatically after-hours on our domain.

You also have the option to get updates from other Microsoft products, such as Microsoft Office. This can be enabled by clicking in the checkbox next to the box labeled Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows.

There is also a box labeled Defer upgrades (or Defer Feature Updates). This can be checked if you don’t want receive new Windows features as they become available. This will not affect Windows security updates.

You can choose how updates are delivered. If you select choose how updates are delivered, you’ll be taken to another options screen. This is helpful if your computer is connected to a network. The first option is to download updates from more than one place. If you choose to turn this option on, Windows will send parts of previously downloaded updates to your computer. You can change this option by clicking or tapping the on/off box. You can also choose whether you want to limit the sharing to just PCs on your local network or with your local network and PCs on the Internet.



  • Access the Windows Update settings
  • Navigate to the advanced options screen
  • Choose the option to notify to schedule restart. Note: Skip this if you have a newer version of Windows 10
  • If you have the Change Active Hours option on the main update screen, set the active hours between 8:00 and 5:00
  • Check the give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows.
  • Click on the Choose How Updates Are Delivered link
  • Set to download updates from more than one place to off
  • Set the option to only get updates sent from PCs on local network (this may be greyed out)

Please remember to write a blog about your experience using Windows Update and get a raffle ticket from Karrie!