Keeping your Windows operating system up-to-date is crucial for its performance and security. But manually checking for updates can be a hassle. This tutorial will guide you through the process of automating Windows updates, so you can set it and forget it.

Setting Up Automatic Updates

The first step in automating Windows updates is to set up automatic updates. Here’s how:

  • Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I.
  • Click on ‘Update & Security’.
  • Under the ‘Windows Update’ tab, click on ‘Advanced options’.
  • Under ‘Choose how updates are installed’, select ‘Automatic (recommended)’.

Scheduling Updates

Next, you’ll want to schedule your updates for a time when you’re not using your computer. Here’s how:

  • In the ‘Advanced options’ menu, under ‘Choose how updates are installed’, click on ‘Schedule the restart’.
  • Choose a time that works best for you.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Sometimes, you might run into issues with Windows updates. Here are some common problems and how to fix them:

Problem Solution
Updates not downloading Check your internet connection and make sure you have enough disk space.
Updates failing to install Try restarting your computer and installing the updates again.
Computer crashing after updates Try uninstalling the updates and reinstalling them one at a time to identify the problem update.


Automating Windows updates can save you time and ensure your computer is always up-to-date. If you run into any issues, don’t hesitate to consult Microsoft’s official support page for more help.