How to Update Windows 11

Keeping your Windows 11 operating system up to date is essential for security, performance, and accessing the latest features. Follow these steps to check for and install updates on your Windows 11 computer:

Step 1: Open Settings

  1. Click on the Start menu (Windows icon) at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on the Settings icon (gear icon). Alternatively, you can press Win + I on your keyboard to open the Settings app directly.

Step 2: Navigate to Windows Update

  1. In the Settings app, click on Windows Update in the left-hand sidebar. This will open the Windows Update settings.

Step 3: Check for Updates

  1. In the Windows Update settings, click on the Check for updates button. Windows will start searching for available updates.

Step 4: Download and Install Updates

  1. If updates are found, Windows will automatically begin downloading them. This may take some time depending on the size of the updates and your internet connection speed.
  2. Once the updates are downloaded, Windows will start installing them automatically. During this process, you may be asked to restart your computer.

Step 5: Restart Your Computer

  1. If a restart is required to complete the installation of updates, you will see a notification. Click on the Restart now button to restart your computer immediately.
  2. Alternatively, you can schedule the restart for a later time by clicking on Schedule the restart and choosing a convenient time.

Step 6: Verify the Installation

  1. After your computer restarts, log back in to your account.
  2. Open the Settings app again by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the Settings icon.
  3. Go to Windows Update in the left-hand sidebar to verify that your system is up to date. You should see a message indicating that your device is up to date.

Additional Tips

  • Active Hours: Set your active hours in the Windows Update settings to prevent updates from installing and restarting your computer during your work hours. Click on Change active hours to set the time range when you are usually using your device.
  • Optional Updates: Sometimes, there are optional updates available. You can view and install these by clicking on Advanced options and then Optional updates.
  • Pause Updates: If you want to temporarily pause updates, you can do so by clicking on Pause updates for 7 days. You can extend this period in the Advanced options.


You have successfully updated your Windows 11 computer. Regularly checking for and installing updates ensures that your system remains secure, stable, and equipped with the latest features.