How to Enable Windows Update 3 Easy Ways | Advantages of Updating

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The attitude to automatically updating the Windows operating system has always been rather ambiguous. Regardless of the version, many users simply turned off this functionality, preferring to manually keep the software and system components clean and up to date.

First of all, a negative attitude to the update functionality is associated with constant errors that simply haunt the system process in question. And taking into account the complexity of their solution, since the emergency installation of the update may lead to the inability to start the operating system, the motives that guide users are quite understandable and logical.

It is fair to say that some of the users who forbade their computers to be updated acted in a similar way in order to hide “from the outside world” that they were using illegal software.

Among the huge Windows-community, nevertheless, there are more of those who continue to trust Microsoft and provide them access to their computer.

In the framework of this article, you should choose the "bright" side and give a few facts in support of the inclusion of update functionality on a computer running Windows 10.

Do I Need to Update Windows

It should be noted right away that this article and everything that will be described below is just an attempt to look at the side of the issue under consideration from a different point of view, which some users “preach”. In this matter, there is something to advise on whether to update the operating system or not, this decision should be entirely and completely made by each individually.

So, the vast majority of users who have opened access to automatic updates identify three main reasons, which are the main motivating factors:

  1. Continuous support for the relevance of protection.

    Indeed, almost every update package released by Microsoft company contains corrections of the holes and loopholes in the system, which virus representatives can use in one way or another.

    In addition, the creators of malware are constantly improving their skills, releasing more and more flexible and universal “tools”, which are becoming more and more difficult to detect every day. That is why it is extremely important to constantly maintain the relevance of antivirus signatures. This fact is undeniable, and applies to both standard / standard means of protecting the operating system, and third-party antivirus software.

  2. Improving the performance of the operating system.

    The essence of updates involves certain changes aimed at improving the operation of the operating system and the computer as a whole.

    Of course, the developers, in this case represented by Microsoft, are aware of all the problems with optimizing their operating system, and are trying to fix them with similar updates.

    In addition, developers of third-party software, releasing new versions of drivers for their products, take into account all the innovations of the operating system in order to meet the standards set by Microsoft.

  3. Updates make it one of the first to be able to test the most advanced technology

    Insider assemblies are precisely aimed at large-scale testing by ordinary users of all planned changes and innovations.

    This is really a great opportunity to directly participate to some extent in creating the best operating system.

Yes, one should not deny that to some extent these are all beautiful words, and reality is somewhat different from how everything should be in theory.

But it is simply pointless to argue that the automatic update of the operating system has its own, even considerable, positive aspects.

How to Enable Updates

From the whole variety of ways to enable the functionality of the Windows Update Center, three most popular and diverse options should be distinguished, namely:

  1. Through the “Settings” and “Services” section:
    • Open the Start menu and go to the Settings section;
    • Select the tab “Update & Security”;
    • In the window that opens, pay attention to the first line "Windows update" and click on the "Advanced Options"; 

Select - Windows Update and click - Advanced options

  • Choose from 3 available options, depending on your needs and technical capabilities;

Choose from 3 available options, depending on your needs and technical capabilities

  • Press the "WIN+R" key combination and run the "services.msc"; 

Open Services with command: services.msc

  • In the "Services" window that opens, sort the list by alphabetical affiliation, and among all services, find "Windows update" and right-click to open its properties; 

Stop Windows Update - service

  • In the "Startup type" line, select "Automatic";
  • Click on the "Apply" - "OK " button to save the changes and activate them. 

Select Startup type: automatic and then click - Apply

From now on, the system will automatically scan for updates and offer them for installation.

​2. "Using the command line»:

  • Press the keyboard shortcut "WIN+R" and run the command "cmd"; 

Open command line to enable windows update

  • In the command prompt console, type "net start wuauserv" and press the "Enter" key to execute;

Start windows update via Command Prompt

  • Close the console and even after restarting the system, the "Windows update" service will continue to function automatically.

3. "Using group policy settings»:

  • Click "WIN+R" and run the command "gpedit.msc";

Open Group Policy Settings with command: gpedit.msc

gpedit.msc error: cannot find. Make sure you typed the name correctly

  • If in response to the command execution, you will get an error that cannot find "gredit.msc",  then on the desktop, create any text document and copy the following into it:

@echo off
dir /b C:\ Windows\ servicing\ Packages\ Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~3*.mum > find-gpedit.txt
dir /b C:\ Windows\ servicing\ Packages\ Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~3*.mum >> find-gpedit.txt
for /f %%i in ("findstr /i . find-gpedit.txt 2^>nul") do dism /online /norestart /add- package:"C:\Windows\ servicing\ Packages\%%i"

Click on the "Save as" button and save the resulting file with the extension ".bat". Right-click on the created file and select "Run as administrator".

Enable Windows Update with Group Policy Settings

Wait for the command sequence to complete and then run the command again "gredit.msc".

  • In the "Local group policy Editor" window that opens, locate the "Administrative templates" - "Windows Components" folder»;
  • Among the available components, find " Windows update»; 

open Local Group Policy Editor

  • Expand this component and find "Configure Automatic Updates", where click on "Edit policy settings"; 

Expand Update and find: configure Automatic updates

  • Select the check box under "Enable" and in the "Settings" section, select the most convenient update schedule for you. 

Set Enabled Value in Configure Automatic Updates

Do I need to Upgrade to Windows 10

The question of the benefits or harms of updating the components of the operating system will never be resolved. But the question, and whether to upgrade to the operating system Windows 10 is less controversial, and many have already found the answer to it.

Despite the fact that the criticism regarding the optimization and quality of the most current and popular version of the operating system from Microsoft, does not stop from the first days of the announcement to the present time, the vast majority agree that the version number "10" is the best that "came out of the pen" of this company."

This question was definitely answered not only by ordinary users, but also by many it specialists, including employees and official representatives of many world-famous companies, such as Kaspersky Lab. It is on this and should dwell more.

As Kaspersky Lab notes, it is necessary to upgrade to Windows 10, at least because the new version contains the most modern technologies to ensure the security of personal data of users. Especially stands out biometric authentication technology "Windows Hello" in conjunction with the usual password entry, and such a two-level protection allows you to maximize the security of your computer.

And this is just one of many examples that demonstrates the validity and logic of the transition to a modern version of the operating system.

Of course, Windows10 is still quite a crude product, but even in this form, it shows enormous potential, which, given the development of modern technologies, is unlimited.

And those who claim that Windows 7-is the best operating system of all time, you should remember what were the first years after its release, and how much criticism was in its address.

Give "Windows 10" time and it will pleasantly surprise you. In addition, eventually, everyone will have to switch to it, regardless of desire.

System requirements to upgrade to Windows 10

One of the advantages of this version of OS was its relatively loyal technical appetites, which in one way or another can satisfy, even devices 5 years ago, considered obsolete (tested in practice). To confirm this, pay attention to the following basic minimum system requirements for the applicant computer:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC

RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit

Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS

Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

Display: 800 x 600


As a visual demonstration, you can cite the minimum system requirements for Windows 7:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

Hard disk space: 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Graphics card: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Display: 800 x 600


So, the above was considered quite an ambiguous question regarding the importance of using the functionality of the operating system updates. The order of switching on and setting is not complicated, so all the complexity lies only on the choice - whether to use it or not.

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