1.    13 Jul 2016 #1
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    How to trigger the Windows Update to install?


    Windows Update hasn't made any updates since I installed it. The interface has changed a lot since previous versions of Windows. Does anyone know how to trigger an update?
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  2.    13 Jul 2016 #2
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  3.    13 Jul 2016 #3
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    Microsoft has a small diagnostic tool that resets WU also. Download and run here -
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971058
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  4.    14 Jul 2016 #4
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    Thanks guys but what about simply opening the "Windows Update" window or whatever it may be re-named to, in Windows 10?
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  5.    14 Jul 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hannele2 View Post
    Thanks guys but what about simply opening the "Windows Update" window or whatever it may be re-named to, in Windows 10?
    Click on the Start button and type update - you'll see "Check for updates'" in the displayed list. Click on it.

    Unless you've changed the settings, Windows checks for all updates automatically in the background, you no longer get the option of installing specific critical updates only. And unless you tame it by changing some settings, every new release of Windows 10 will be downloaded, up to, I'd estimate, a number of Gigabytes per month. So if you're on a low data plan you'll need to change some settings to tame it.
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  6.    15 Jul 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbadsteve View Post
    Click on the Start button and type update - you'll see "Check for updates'" in the displayed list. Click on it.

    Unless you've changed the settings, Windows checks for all updates automatically in the background, you no longer get the option of installing specific critical updates only. And unless you tame it by changing some settings, every new release of Windows 10 will be downloaded, up to, I'd estimate, a number of Gigabytes per month. So if you're on a low data plan you'll need to change some settings to tame it.

    Thanks for the tip Steve! Good comprehensive explanation. But when I type Update I get the message, firt "Best Match Search for Updates", I click it and get "Nothing found".
    Wut?
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  7.    15 Jul 2016 #7
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    All the old interfaces still seem to be there... So I am guessing I can get to the Windows 8.1 style WIndows Update still, or?
    How can I see if it's applied the latest updates...? And stop it from doing so unless I approve it?
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  8.    05 Aug 2016 #8
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    The last word (from me in this topic) on Windows Update


    You guessed wrong, Hannele2, in Windows 10, as I already stated here, you can't start Windows Update the old way. And you definitely can't prevent specific updates before they're first installed. Like it or not. This has been well studied by many. More than one power user has quite rightly complained about this to Microsoft.

    It's possible to prevent all Windows Updates but I'm not going to say how here, since that would result in an increasingly insecure system.

    You can prevent drivers updating automatically.

    The following webpages describe how to tame Windows Update somewhat in Win10:
    What You Need to Know About Windows Update on Windows 10
    [Tip] Customize Installation of Device Driver Software from Windows Update - AskVG
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/...-in-windows-10

    If an update causes enough problems, you can uninstall it via Control Panel, then prevent it reinstalling with the method described here:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930
    If you do this for any particular security update, you'd be wise to study the pertinent Microsoft page about the consequences of not installing it. And probably try to reinstall it sometime later in case Microsoft fix it.

    Of course it's possible a bad update might make your system unbootable. Which is why everyone should do regular full partition backups to multiple destinations. And always have the correct version Windows 10 installation disk (or on a thumbdrive). You need to download the iso file and create one for every new version of Windows 10 you upgrade to as well (e.g. the current Anniversary Update), or you won't be able to use it for recovery! (Another major annoyance from Microsoft, who clearly have not targetted power users with Windows 10).

    Obviously if your computer becomes unbootable due to a bad update, you need to learn how to boot from the installation disk and perform repairs (difficulty: medium to extreme), or pay someone else to do it, or somehow butter up your local trustworthy geek to fix the mess.

    Why not use the great new Microsoft feedback feature in Windows 10 to tell them what you think of the changes.
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  9.    05 Aug 2016 #9
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    The method in the askVG link doesn't give me the option like it shows in the screenshot. Choosing driver install options I get either yes or no and nothing else but save changes.
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  10.    05 Aug 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swaglife81 View Post
    The method in the askVG link doesn't give me the option like it shows in the screenshot. Choosing driver install options I get either yes or no and nothing else but save changes.
    That article is either old or providing incorrect information. As you saw you only have two choices for driver installation, yes or no.
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