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.
A larger menu will appear where the Charms bar just was. In this Settings menu select the “Change PC settings” option.
Go to the bottom of the PC settings tabs and select “Windows Update.” Then press the “Check for updates now” button.
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.
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.
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.
That’s all! After Windows 8 reboots there shouldn’t be anything else to it, just continue with operation as usual.
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.