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Set up/Change Windows Update Settings on Windows 8/8.1

On one hand, Windows updates, with patches to fix loopholes or component updates, are strongly recommended to be installed for protecting computer safety and enhancing its performance. On the other hand, if all Windows updates are installed automatically by the system, it will give rise to customers' disgust because the updating process badly affects the operating speed, and they will be required to restart their computers so as to bring the updates into effect. Regarding to the disadvantageous aspect, it can be solved by setting up or changing Windows Update settings, which will be further illustrated in the following part.

Steps to set up or change Windows Update settings on Windows 8/8.1:

Step 1: Go to Control Panel.

Right-click Control Panel on the desktop, and choose Open to access it.

Tips: If you would like to learn more about the method of adding Control Panel to the desktop, you can refer to Add Control Panel to Desktop in Windows 8 Computer.

Step 2: Find and open Windows Update.

It can be found in Control Panel by the following two ways.

Way 1: Find it in the small icons of all Control Panel items.

1. In Control Panel, click the Category button and choose Small icons in the drop-down list.

2. Move the scroll bar to find Windows Update.

Way 2: Locate it through searching.

After entering the Control Panel, input windows update in the search box to find it immediately.

Step 3: Move on to change the settings of Windows Update.

In the Windows Update interface, click Change settings on the upper left.

Step 4: Set up or change Windows Update settings by choosing another update setting.

As the Change settings window appears, under the item of Important updates, click the down arrow in the same bar with Install updates automatically (recommended), and select another setting from Download updates but let me choose whether to install them, Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them and Never check for updates (not recommended) in the pull-down list. Eventually, tap OK to finish the setting.


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