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    Create Windows Update Shortcut in Windows 10

    How to Create a Windows Update Shortcut in Windows 10
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    13 Mar 2017
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    How to Create a Windows Update Shortcut in Windows 10

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    Windows Update helps keep your PC safer and your software current by automatically downloading and installing important and critical updates for Windows from Microsoft via the Internet.

    This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Windows Update shortcut that opens directly to Windows Update in Settings in Windows 10.


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    EXAMPLE: Windows Update in Settings
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    Create Windows Update Shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Create Windows Update Shortcut in Windows 10
    To Download a Windows Update Shortcut

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .zip file below.

    Windows_Update_shortcut.zip

    download

    2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    3. Unblock the .zip file..

    4. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.

    5. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.





    Create Windows Update Shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Create Windows Update Shortcut in Windows 10
    To Manually Create a Windows Update Shortcut

    1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

    2. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    explorer ms-settings:windowsupdate

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    3. Type Windows Update for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You could name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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    4. Right click or press and hold on the new Windows Update shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

    5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  shortcut3.jpg
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    6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    %SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll

    Name:  shortcut-4.png
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    7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
    NOTE: You could use any icon that you would like instead though.

    8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)

    9. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 10
    Windows Ten Technical Preview
       14 Apr 2015 #1

    Thanks Brink. That did it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 20,737
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       14 Apr 2015 #2

    You're most welcome pricetech.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    21 May 2015 #3

    Hey Brink, I think this might need to be updated. In the latest 10122 build I can't find the "wucltux.dll" file for updating the icon.

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    I had to manually find and choose the Windows Update icon in the list of icons which worked. It also seems no matter what icon you choose the file it points to is %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll.
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  4.    21 May 2015 #4

    pricetech said: View Post
    Thanks Brink. That did it.
    Ditto - nice little shortcut!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 20,737
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       21 May 2015 #5

    @bobsagetfullhou

    Thank you for letting me know. It looks like Microsoft has finished stripping the Windows Update Control Panel in build 10122.

    The tutorial has been updated.
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  6. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       22 May 2015 #6

    Now why didn't I think of that
    I pin WU from Settings and never liked the default icon (can't resize it, same as settings - a gear).

    Now, I'l try changing the icon on the shortcut in All users start menu. There's always an issue with playing with shortcuts there - sometimes you have to update the universal side - the easiest way is to make the change, then copy the original shCut and remove the original. There's a fancy PS way to alter the date, but then I have to look up the cmd. I know how to copy
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  7. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       24 May 2015 #7

    You can pin WU to Start directly from the Settings window in 122

    'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10
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    The WU icon can be re-sized, unlike the placeholder icon in 10.074

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...tart-menu.html
    Last edited by Brink; 24 May 2015 at 18:25. Reason: added tutorial links for more info
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  8. Posts : 14,906
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       25 May 2015 #8

    Another way to do it is go to SysWOW64:

    Click image for larger version. 

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  9. Posts : 11
    Windows 7, Windows 10, OS X Mavericks
       02 Jul 2015 #9

    Ok, but I want link on Computer (or This PC) right click. Now, since there is no more ''wuapp.exe'' in System32, it won't work and if I replace it whit this link in Registry, it gives me ''Windows cannot access ...'' error.
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    How to make it work?
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