Microsoft Windows is an operating system for personal computers which enables complete computer independence and user access to multiple software applications. It runs on any computer with an Intel or AMD processor, however, it is most commonly used on desktop computers. Updating your Microsoft Windows operating system is the easiest way to keep your PC secure, up to date, and functional. If a new update is released, you’ll be notified so you can make sure everything’s in working order before proceeding. If you are looking to upgrade your current computer or simply want the latest version of Microsoft Windows, this guide will show you how to update your PC.
- 1 Download the update manually
- 2 Update your computer with Windows Update
- 3 Install updates from a USB drive or DVD
- 4 In safe mode, perform a manual update
- 5 Boot into default settings and install updates there
- 6 Use an advanced installation method: Parted Magic If you have a newer PC with UEFI firmware
- 7 Final Words
Download the update manually
You can download the latest updates for Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 from Microsoft’s official website. If you have a newer PC with UEFI firmware, you probably want to download the ISO image for an easy upgrade. Some users have noticed that Microsoft’s download page does not always have the latest Windows updates. If that’s the case for you, you can use a third-party website to get the latest updates. Here are some websites you can use:
Update your computer with Windows Update
Microsoft has included a feature in Windows called Windows Update which enables it to check for new updates automatically. You can also manually check for updates too. If you run Windows Update, it will see if there are new updates you want and then download and install them. You can also manually check for updates by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. You can also use the Check for updates button on the Start menu. Windows Update will check for updates automatically when it is connected to the Internet, but you can also run it manually. To manually check for updates, right-click Start > Search > Windows Update > Check now. Windows Update will check for updates every day when you run it manually. You can also check for updates at any time by going to Settings > System > Updates > Check for updates.
Install updates from a USB drive or DVD
If a new update is released and your computer doesn’t have a connection to the Internet, you can still install the update from a USB drive or DVD. Simply connect the drive to your computer and follow the instructions to install the update. You will need to create a bootable drive to install the updated Microsoft Windows. Here are some tips on how to make a bootable USB drive.
In safe mode, perform a manual update
You can also update your computer manually in safe mode. This is useful if you forgot to run Windows Update and you don’t have Internet connectivity. Simply boot your computer in safe mode (Settings > select “Restart” when prompted) and follow the instructions to download and install the update. Safe mode will only allow you to access a few of the tools that the normal mode of Windows does. For example, safe mode will not have Windows Store, nor can you create a user account or access any settings or files on your computer. Safe mode also allows you to perform a manual update from a USB drive or DVD, making it a useful troubleshooting tool. Safe mode is useful for testing software or when you are having problems with a program.
Boot into default settings and install updates there
You can also boot into the default settings and manually install updates. Simply choose to boot into the default settings when your computer starts. Then, select the “Advanced options” button, and select “Run in default settings”. This will take your computer back to the normal mode of Windows and you can then follow the instructions to install the update. This is a useful troubleshooting method. If you start noticing that certain programs are not working properly, you can boot into the default settings and manually install updates from the Windows Store. This will bypass any problems caused by a program, and you can then choose to boot back into the normal mode.
Use an advanced installation method: Parted Magic If you have a newer PC with UEFI firmware
Earlier versions of Windows can be installed on PCs that have BIOS firmware. Microsoft stopped releasing new updates for these versions, and some computers may not have the latest security patches. If your computer has BIOS firmware, you can install an older version of Windows using a method called “mimicking”. Here’s how to do it. To mimic an older version of Windows, you must have a computer with BIOS firmware. You can use Microsoft’s Virtual PC software or any other virtualization software. Then, follow these steps: First, download the ISO file for the version of Windows you want to emulate. For example, if you want to emulate Windows 7, download the Windows 7 ISO file from Microsoft. Then, create a virtual machine using the ISO file as the source, and install the Windows version you want to emulate. That’s it! You now have the latest version of Windows on your computer with all the security patches.
The best way to update your PC is through Windows Update. However, if it doesn’t work for some reason, or if you want to manually download an update, here’s how to do it. And, as always, if you run into any problems, don’t hesitate to do an Internet search to find the answers.