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Make Windows 8 Display a Desktop Notification for Updates

Unlike previous versions, Windows 8 doesn’t display a desktop notification when new updates are available. Windows 8 Update Notifier is a free utility that solves the issue and will pop up a notification for new updates. It also makes it easier to a access Windows Updates from the desktop.

Even if you set Windows Update to “Check for Updates but Let Me Choose Whether to Download and Install Them” it won’t pop up a notification.

Update Settings

Windows (8) Update Notifier

Download Windows (8) Update Notifier, unzip it and run WindowsUpdateNotifier.exe.

Run exe

The utility icon lives in the Notification Area on the Taskbar. It will check for updates and display a notification of what’s available. By default it searches for new updates every hour.

Available Updates

Click it to open Windows Update directly and install available updates. I like this feature because it’s easier to access Windows Update from the desktop.

Windows Update

If you like to manually keep Windows up to date, this utility makes it a lot easier. A basic improvement, but sometimes it’s the little things…

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2 Responses to Make Windows 8 Display a Desktop Notification for Updates

  1. Paul Braren March 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Brian, great find, great article!

    Thanks to finding you (from The Home Server Show), and this article, I’ve found Windows Update Notifier to be a great way to reduce those pesky Windows Server 2012 Essentials Dashboard warnings about out of date definitions.

    Wrote it all up at:
    http://www.tinkertry.com/wun

    Thank you!

    • Brian Burgess March 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

      Thank you Paul. Glad to have you on board! Nice find with managing the Server 2012 notifications with it.

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