Configure Windows Update Settings In Windows 8

Windows Update is a built in tool that comes with your Microsoft Windows. This tool is responsible to keep your system updated with the latest patches and service packs offered by the Microsoft Corporation. Some of them are marked as important, some are critical while others are optional. By default, Windows Update automatically runs on your system after a certain time interval. However, we can always configure the Windows Update settings easily. Similarly, whenever you plug any hardware device into your machine, it searches for device driver automatically. We can disable the Windows to install the automatic updates and device drivers using the Control Panel. The following tutorial will help you manage your updates well.

Control Panel - Windows Update

Go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> Windows Update. You will find the following options under the Windows Update option.

  • Turn automatic updating on or off
  • Check for Updates
  • Install Optional Updates
  • View Update History

Disable automatic update installation

We will explain every option of Windows Update sequentially. Let’s start with the most important and the first option that lets you choose how you want updates to be installed on your system.

  • Go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> Windows Update.
  • Select the Turn Automatic Updating on or off.

Configure Windows Update Settings

You have the following options to choose from:

1- Download and install updates

This will install every important update without asking for your permission. You schedule automatic maintenance of your system by selecting a day and time of the week.

  • Select Install Updates Automatically from the drop down list.
  • Click on ‘Updates will be automatically installed during the maintenance window’.
  • Set the time for automatic maintenance.

Now, your system will automatically check, download and install update on that particular time.

Schedule Automatic Maintenance in Windows Update

2-Download updates , do not install

This will check and download the available updates before you shutdown your system. You can not specify any day and time with this option.

Select ‘Download Updates but let me choose whether to install them’ from the drop-down.

3-Do not download, do not install

Now, the options are becoming more selective for the advanced users. You can allow your system to Check for the new updates but it can not download or install them without your permission.

Select ‘Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them’ from the drop-down.

4- Never check for updates

This is highly undesirable option. You are forcing your system to not check for any updates. However, you can still check for the updates manually.

Check for updates

Select ‘Check for Updates’ whenever you wish to see if there is an update available or not. Make sure that your system is connected to the Internet. Windows Update also informs you about the last time your system was checked for updates and how many updates were installed.

Check for Windows Update

Install Optional updates

You will see Install Optional Updates window, once it has checked for the updates. It tells you about the available updates and the memory space needed for them. Click on ‘Install Updates’ to install the available updates.

Install Optional Updates in Wndows 8

Disable automatic device driver installation

As a continuation to the installation of updates, we feel strongly to give a quick tip on how to disable automatic driver installation for hardware devices. This is not configured using the Windows Update feature, however, you need to go to:

  • Go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> System
  • Select Advanced System Settings from the Panel.
  • System Properties dialog box will be opened.
  • Select Hardware -> Device Installation Settings.

View System Properties

Device Installation Settings dialog box lets you set your preferred way of installing updated device drivers. Usually, we may go for automatic installation and there’s no harm in it. However, some people are more conscious about the software being installed on their system, so they can select: “No, let me choose what to do” -> Never install driver software from Windows Update. Save Changes.

Device Derivr Installation Settings

How to uninstall an update

To uninstall installed updates in Windows 8, follow the steps below:

Control Panel ->System And Security -> Windows Update -> View Update History.

This will open a list of updates that have been installed on your machine with their publisher’s name and installation date. You can uninstall any update by:

  • Select update name.
  • Right click and select uninstall .

View Windows Update History

We have tried to cover every aspect related to management and configuration of update installation in your Windows 8 . If you still have any queries, you can ping us through the comments form.