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How to Manually Update Windows 8

Windows 8 not only comes with a new Start interface, but also a new built-in updater. Under default settings the updater is scheduled to check for updates once per day. But, if you don’t use your computer very often it is easy to miss and it might fall behind on updates, including important security patches. Under these circumstances the best course of action is to manually check for updates, and here’s how to do it.

Hover the mouse over the bottom right corner of the screen to bring up the Charms menu. On a touch-enabled device, you can also swipe from the right side of the screen to the left to open this.

In the Charms menu, open up Settings.

Start Charms

A larger menu will appear where the Charms bar just was. In this Settings menu select the “Change PC settings” option.

Change PC Settings

Go to the bottom of the PC settings tabs and select “Windows Update.” Then press the “Check for updates now” button.

Windows Update

Windows 8 will connect to Microsoft’s online update center and see if there are any updates available that you don’t have yet. If it finds any they’ll be listed where the “Check for updates now” button just was.

Press “Install” to get started with them.

Updates found

The updates will download, and then install automatically.


Once Windows 8 has finished installing the updates, all it takes is a quick restart for them to take effect.

restart pc to finish installing

Of course, during the restart Windows 8 may take a few extra moments to configure the new updates that were just added to the system. Although usually this is done pretty quick.

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Configuring Windows Updates

That’s all! After Windows 8 reboots there shouldn’t be anything else to it, just continue with operation as usual.

windows 8 login screen

Manual updates can also be found in the Microsoft Download Center under the Windows 8 category. To install them just download the file using the link on the website and then open the downloaded .msu package.

microsoft download center

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2 Responses to How to Manually Update Windows 8

  1. Dyane Espinosa August 16, 2014 at 8:56 am #


    I hope you are doing well. I’m having problems installing the latest updates for windows 8, so that I can change it to windows 8.1. I confess I never push the button to install new updates, and now it tells me that I have 98 new updates and that the computer will do it automatically, and “that they will be installed during my PC’s scheduled maintenance”.

    It doesn’t let ME install them. What can I do?

    Thank you so much.


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