Manually running Microsoft Windows Updates on Windows 10

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If you find that you are running an older version of Windows 10 and need to upgrade, click on your windows Start in the lower left corner of your screen.

Then click on  Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Update  , and then select .

If updates are available, click the "install now" button to install them. 

If updates fail to install, you may use the windows 10 Upgrade Assistant by clicking here.  This will direct you to a Microsoft page allowing you to download the windows 10 Upgrade assistant.  Be sure to select the option for "Update Now".  This will download the most recent Windows 10 upgrade, which you will then run on your computer.  

After you’ve downloaded and installed the Windows Update Assistant, you can manually run it. 

  1. Go to the ‘Downloads’ folder and find the downloaded file.
    OR, you can access it by pressing ‘Ctrl+J’ on your browser and going through the recently downloaded files. 
  2. Choose the Windows10UpgradeXXXX.exe installer and double click to run.  The XXXX are numbers and will denote the version of this particular upgrade installer. 
  3. Windows Update Assistant UAC may ask for approval to make changes to the device.  Select Yes.   
  4. The application will run and check to see if the computer’s RAM, disk space, and CPU are compatible with the Windows version you’re downloading.  It will show you the compatibility results and a list of compatible programs and devices, including the current programs and devices that will run on the updated operating system and those that do not.  It will also show you recommendations on what you can do about the programs to make them work again.

  5. If your computer meets the minimum requirements, the process will begin. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the screen. If you are prompted for what to keep you should always choose to keep data and apps but you may not be prompted.  

  6. After a while, you are notified that “Your update is ready. Your PC needs to restart to complete the update.” You can wait 30 minutes for the automatic reboot to happen, or you can press Restart now. However, before you do that, make sure you don’t have any files or applications open.

  7. When it is time to reboot or right after pressing the Restart now button, you get this message: “You’re about to be signed out. Windows 10 Update Assistant will reboot your device to complete the update.” Press Close, and your computer or device restarts in a couple of seconds.

  8. After the restart, the Windows 10 update process continues. Note that your PC might reboot a couple of times. All that’s left for you to do is wait.  You should be prepared to wait quite a while (usually over an hour or more).  

  9. After you sign in to Windows 10 again, the final waiting screen comes: a minute or two is required to make the final configurations.

  10. Once the installation finalizes, the Windows 10 Update Assistant greets you with a “Thank you” message. Press Exit, and you are done.

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Mon 8/8/22 10:19 AM
Mon 8/8/22 10:19 AM