Welcome to our Windows 10 tutorial series.
We will be spending time walking you through the ins and outs of Windows 10.
Today we will be focusing on the Windows Update feature in Windows 10.
This is the Update & Recovery screen in the Settings panel.
Microsoft releases updates for Windows 10 on a regular basis. These include security updates, critical updates and, occasionally, service packs. They can release these updates at any time, though most are delivered on the second Tuesday of every month.
Also known as “Patch Tuesday” or more recently “Update Tuesday”.
It is recommended to install these updates (particularly critical ones) as soon as they are available. Even if some come with the nuisance of having to restart your PC.
Windows Update also allows you to download new versions of your drivers.
Since hardware manufacturers are best positioned to create drivers for your hardware devices, they create the most drivers. But Microsoft also tests and approves many of these drivers to reduce the risk of computers crashing.
And when Microsoft approves a driver, or releases new versions of it, they distribute it through the Windows Update channel to allow users to automatically install the firmware when users first connect their hardware to their computers or devices.
Microsoft also delivers and distributes Windows Defender signatures to protect you from malware and other such malicious code — these are also automatically installed via Windows Update.
When you first set up your PC, Windows prompts you to configure automatic updates, though you can change this later. By default Windows installs your updates at 2 AM. Presumably, most people are asleep at this time, and their work is not interrupted this way.
Optional updates like language packs and driver updates are never installed automatically.