What is Windows Update?
Windows Update is a free service provided by Microsoft for Windows operating systems. It maintains updates for Windows operating systems like service packs and patches.
On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft releases patches and other security updates through Windows Update. Microsoft also releases updates on other days as well, for things like critical security issues and urgent fixes.
Why you should Update Windows 10
Updating Windows is important because it will enhance security, allows the operating system to fix bugs, adds new features, and can even update drivers for popular hardware devices.
- Security – Windows Update patches newly discovered holes and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malware and hackers, adds definitions to Windows Defender and Security Essentials utilities and enhances overall security.
- Fix bugs – Windows Update addresses issues that may be caused by bugs. Certain bugs can affect the functionality of Windows and some of its programs.
- Add new features – Windows Update adds new features to your operating system.
- Update drivers – Windows Update updates drivers for popular hardware devices.
Most computers use the recommended option to update Windows automatically. However, you can also update Windows or check for updates manually. How you update Windows or check for Windows updates depends on which version of the operating system you are using.
Note from Editor: stay tuned for articles on how to update Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.