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Windows 8 : Managing Windows Update (part 3) - Managing Windows Update in Windows 8 native interface

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Identifying new updates

Windows can identify new updates in a number of ways. First, you can allow Windows to check for new updates on its own by changing Windows Update settings as discussed in the previous section. Second, you can force Windows to look for new updates by tapping or clicking the Check For Updates link in the Windows Update window. When you use this method to check for updates, the process is immediate; Windows does not wait for the automatic maintenance window to check for updates.

After Windows performs its check, the results are displayed in the Windows Update window. In Figure 7, you see that two important updates are available for this Windows 8 system.

Windows identifying new updates that need to be installed

Figure 7. Windows identifying new updates that need to be installed

If you want to install all the updates, tap or click Install Updates. If you want to select which updates to install, tap or click the 2 Important Updates Are Available link. This text will vary slightly, depending on the number and types of updates that Windows Update locates.

Before you learn how to install selected updates, you need to understand how to manage updates by using the Windows 8 native interface. Eventually, the Windows 8 interface method and what you just learned will merge, so this is a good time to cover this topic.

Managing Windows Update in Windows 8 native interface

The Windows 8 native interface does not expose all the Windows Update settings that you have seen up to this point. Instead, the Windows 8 native view of Windows Update provides you with just the critical subset of Windows Update functionality that is necessary to perform updates.

However, the Windows 8 native Windows Update tool does provide a subset of functionality, primarily to acquire and install updates. To access this tool, open the Settings charm from the desktop and tap or click Change PC Settings. (It’s at the very bottom of the window.) In the PC Settings window, choose Windows Update, as shown in Figure 8.

Windows identifying new updates that need to be installed

Figure 8. Windows identifying new updates that need to be installed

On the screen shown in Figure 8, the 2 Important Updates information box is displayed when you tap or click See Details. It is covering the Install Updates button, but you can dismiss the details box by tapping or clicking the See Details link a second time. Tap or click the Install Update button to install all the updates Windows has identified.

If, however, you want to install just a subset of the identified updates, tap or click Choose Which Important Updates You Want To Install in the information box. This link returns you to the earlier Windows interface and to the dialog box shown in Figure 7. Tap or click the 2 Important Updates Are Available link. (Remember that the wording might be slightly different for your system.)

The result is a screen like the one shown in Figure 9. On this screen, you can see that two updates are ready to be installed. One is an update for Windows 8 itself, and the other is a definition update for the Windows Defender system protection tool.

Windows identifying new updates that need to be installed

Figure 9. Windows identifying new updates that need to be installed

The update selection window provides you with information about each update that is ready to be installed. To view this information, tap or click the update you want to review. You can get additional information about an update by tapping or clicking the More Information link at the right side of the window. Clicking the link opens Internet Explorer and directs you to the Microsoft Knowledge Base article that is associated with the specific update.

To install an update, make sure that the check box next to that update is selected. When you have finished selecting the updates, tap or click the Install button. Your updates will be installed, and you’ll be kept apprised of the installation progress by a progress message box, as shown in Figure 10.

Updates being installed

Figure 10. Updates being installed

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