How to Turn On/Off the Automatic Updates for Windows

By Brenda Sanders

You can turn automatic updates for Windows on or off depending on your preferences. If you want your computer to automatically update Windows for you, then you should turn on your automatic updates. If you do not want your computer to automatically update Windows for you, then you should turn off your automatic updates. Turning on the automatic updates will allow Windows to periodically check for relevant updates and even install the updates on your computer. If you turn off the automatic updates for Windows, your computer will warn you that your system may be at risk if you don’t update periodically.

Step 1

Click once on the “Start” menu button which is located on the taskbar.

Step 2

Find the “Control Panel.” (You may have to first click on the "Settings" icon.) Click on it once. The “Control Panel” window will pop up.

Step 3

Click twice on “Automatic Updates.” The “Automatic Updates” window will pop up. You will see the following four choices: “Automatic (recommended)," “Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them," “Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them" and “Turn off Automatic Updates.” Each of the options will have a small circle in front of it.

Step 4

Click inside the small circle in front of the “Automatic (recommended)” if you want to turn on automatic updates for Windows.

Step 5

Click inside the small circle in front of the “Turn off Automatic Updates” if you want to turn off automatic updates for Windows.

Step 6

Click "OK" at the bottom of the “Automatic Updates” window. Close the “Control Panel.” You may be required to restart your computer. If you are prompted to do so, restart your computer for the changes to take affect.