In Windows 10, Windows Update can be found in Settings –> Update & Security –> Windows Update. Normally Windows Update keeps on running in the background and will install new updates automatically.
You can also run Windows Update manually to check for new updates at any time. Here are three ways to check for new Windows updates.
Check for Windows updates using Windows Settings
To check for new updates and configure your Windows Update settings, follow the steps below:
- Open Windows Settings (Windows key + i).
- Choose Update & Security.
- Choose Windows Update from the left hand menu.
- Press the Check for updates button in the right hand pane.
Run Windows Update from PowerShell (Command-line)
There is a PowerShell module for Windows Update. You can install and run the module to check for new updates. There are three steps to running Windows Update through PowerShell. Run the following commands step by step:
- Install-Module PSWindowsUpdate
This will install the Windows Update module in PowerShell.
This command will check for updates.
This command will install the available updates (which were listed in step 2)
Run Windows Update from Command Prompt (Command-line)
Windows Update can also be run through legacy CMD. The only limitation running Windows Update through the command prompt is that it won’t show any progress. Only results are shown. Let’s see how to run it:
- Go to Run –> cmd
- Run the following command to check for new updates:
- Run the following command to install new updates
Since the command prompt does not show any progress, a better approach would be to check and install updates at the same time. Here’s the command for this:
wuauclt /detectnow /updatenow
The above mentioned command will work in all versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. But if you are using Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016, you can use UsoClient command which has more options than wuauclt. You can run UsoClient with the following switches:
StartScan – Start checking for updates
StartDownload – Start downloading updates
StartInstall – Start installing downloaded updates
RestartDevice – Restart Windows after updates are installed
ScanInstallWait – Check for updates, download available updates and install them
Hopefully this will be useful in situations where you want to automate certain Windows functions. What other purposes do you want to use command line options to run Windows Update?
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