How to update your PC to Windows 11

How to update your PC to Windows 11
How to update your PC to Windows 11How to update your PC to Windows 11
Windows 10 and Windows 11 receive updates in pretty much the same way.  
  • You can update Windows through the Settings app on your computer.
  • Windows installs updates automatically, but you can check for updates manually as well.
  • If you want to stop Windows from updating, you can pause automatic updates temporarily.

In Windows’ earlier days, keeping your computer updated was a chore. This made it easy for viruses to spread, and it sometimes seemed like no two computers ran Windows in the same way. see How to fix a slow Mac computer and improve speed [13 ways].

Luckily, Windows 10 and Windows 11 make updates much simpler. By default, Windows should already be downloading and offering updates automatically (although you may need to restart the computer on your own).

If you think there might be an update you haven’t received yet, you can check for Windows 10 and Windows 11 updates manually. And if automatic updates are annoying you ‚ÄĒ although they are important, we have to stress ‚ÄĒ you can pause them.

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How to update Windows manually

Windows is designed to install updates in the background, without any input from you. Even so, you can check for updates and make Windows install them right away. check How to fix a slow Mac computer and improve speed [13 ways].

This can come in handy if you need a new feature that’s in an optional update, or if you’re troubleshooting a problem with Windows and the latest update might resolve the issue.

1. Click the Start icon (or press the Windows key) and then click Settings. It might just look like a gear icon.

How to update your PC to Windows 11
Open your PC’s Settings app.¬†¬†

2.¬†The Settings app will open. If you’re using Windows 10, click¬†Update & Security. If you’re using Windows 11, click¬†Windows Update at the bottom of the left sidebar. see How to Delete a User Profile and All Files from Windows 10.

How to update your PC to Windows 11
The Windows 10 Settings app has an “Update & Security” option.¬†¬†

3.¬†To see if there are any updates available, click¬†Check for updates. There’s a chance the page might start checking as soon as you open it, no clicking needed.

4.¬†If there’s an update ready to install, it should appear under the¬†Check for updates¬†button. Click¬†Download,¬†Download and Install, or¬†Download Now.

How to update your PC to Windows 11
Once your PC finds the updates, you can download and install them.  

You’ll need to restart your computer to install any updates, so make sure all your work is saved before installing.

How to stop automatic Windows updates

Windows updates are turned on by default, and it’s not possible to “permanently” disable Windows updates in Windows 10 without disabling important system settings.

But it is possible to disable automatic updates temporarily. In Windows 10, you can pause them for up to a month at a time; in Windows 11, you can only pause them for a week.


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1. Head back to the Settings app and open the updates screen again.

2. Now, depending on what version of Windows you have:

  • In Windows 10, click¬†Advanced options, then scroll down to the¬†Pause updates¬†section. Here, click¬†Select date¬†and choose the date you want to pause updates until.
How to update your PC to Windows 11
Use the “Select date” drop-down to choose how long to pause automatic updates ‚ÄĒ though you can only disable updates for about a month at a time.¬†¬†
  • In Windows 11, scroll down to¬†More options¬†and select the¬†Pause for 1 week option.
How to update your PC to Windows 11
Windows 11 doesn’t let you pause for as long.

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