Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 Professional
Edited by Jay, Maria Quinney
Windows Update has changed drastically since the release of Windows 10. For example, in the past, on a PC running Windows 7, users had the option to pick and choose which updates they downloaded and installed. The Windows Update Agent on Windows 10 however, no longer allows users to control which updates get installed manually. Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise do offer the option to delay updates, but with Windows 10 Home, that option is not available. Regardless, the Pro/Enterprise and Home editions have to upgrade to the current Windows version at some point or another, and there's no way around it.
This has no doubt thrown some users off, especially IT professionals and network administrators. Microsoft has assured that these changes are for the better because it allows their engineers to keep more up-to-date with potential security risks and performance issues. This makes sense if you consider that allowing users to pick and choose which updates they install, you open up a seemingly infinite number of configurations, across millions of users.
In the following VisiHow tutorial, we're going to walk through all the options available for Windows Update. For this articles demonstration, we used a Sager laptop, running Windows 10 Professional.
Installing Updates in Windows 10
- 11Please note that these options may be grayed out, and can only be edited once your machine is ready for a restart (next time you update your PC).To set a specific time and day to restart to complete updates, toggle the switch on, then change the time and day.
Windows 10 Windows Update Advanced Options
- 5Toggle the switch below, "Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restart".Once on the Sign-in options window, scroll down to the Privacy section.