Install Windows updates

If your computer has been offline or not connected to the College’s wired network for an extended period, you can manually check for Windows updates. Refer to the Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 instructions that apply to your specific device.

NOTE: If you are an instructor returning from break, ensure that you perform all your updates before the first day of class. Turning on your computer after an extended period of inactivity could cause your computer to be sluggish and unresponsive while updates are installing, and you may have to restart once the update process is complete.

Windows 10

Manually install Windows 10 updates

Windows 10 has automatic updates turned on by default (recommended), but you can manually initiate updates by following these steps:

  • If you are using the College’s wired network, refer to the instructions on the Installing an update – Software Center webpage.
  • If you are using a wireless or other network connection, click the Windows Start button on the bottom left‑hand side of your taskbar, click Settings, click Update & Security, and on the Windows Update screen, click the Check online for updates from Microsoft Update link.
    IMPORTANT: You might have updates available even if the Windows Update screen displays the No updates available message. Click the Check online for updates from Microsoft Update link to manually check for updates.

    NOTE: After you click the appropriate link, Windows will automatically install any necessary updates and prompt you to restart your computer.

Automatically install Windows 10 updates

If your default setting has changed and you want to turn on automatic updates, click the Windows Start button on the bottom left‑hand side of your taskbar, click Settings, click Update & Security, on the Windows Update screen, click the Advanced options link, and ensure that all sliders are in the On postion.

Windows 8.1

Manually install Windows 8.1 updates

To manually install updates in Windows 8.1, follow these steps:

  • If you are using the College’s wired network, see the instructions on the Installing an update – Software Center webpage.
  • If you are using a wireless or other network connection, follow these steps:
  1. With your cursor anywhere on the Start screen (or in the Search charm on the Charms bar), type Windows update settings, and then press the Enter key (or click the search result).
  2. On the Update and recovery screen, on the Windows Update pane, select the Check for updates from Windows Update check box, and then click Check now.
    IMPORTANT: You might have updates available even if the Windows Update screen displays the No updates are available message. Select the Check for updates from Windows Update check box, and then click Check now to manually check for updates.

    NOTE: After you click the appropriate link, Windows will automatically install any necessary updates and prompt you to restart your computer.

Automatically install Windows 8.1 updates

To configure your Windows 8.1 computer to receive automatic updates (recommended), visit Microsoft’s Windows Update: FAQ webpage, in the Select Product Version drop‑down menu, select Windows 8.1, and then follow the instructions to turn on automatic updates.

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