How do I do battle with the terrifying Windows Updates?
The first thing to remember is that there is help out there, that you are not alone and you have done nothing wrong! Be strong.
So the 2019 and 2020 Windows updates have been particularly nasty and we at eNET have witnessed them destroy perfectly healthy (and even brand new) computers in a matter of seconds and with no warning. Although the updates are supposed to download and install automatically they very rarely do.
Following are a few things we can do to try and limit the damage.
OK the first thing to do is to make sure you have a copy of your important stuff just in case your computer is out of action for a while. We use USB pen drives or the wonderful (& free) Google Drive.
So the next thing is to manually check if you have any outstanding Windows Updates and force the important ones to install. The following step-by-step guide will also get you familiar with the Windows Update process and allow you to do the updates on you terms.
The update process can take a while and may need to restart your computer, so make sure you have saved any docs and closed any apps, plus the updates will download and install a lot faster if you are not using anything your computer.
So here we go….
Click on the Windows start icon (bottom left corner) and click on the settings cog icon.
At the bottom of the page that pops up you will see “Update & Security” so click on this and another new window will pop up.
You will either see a “Check for updates” button or “Restart Now” or maybe a list of available updates, IGNORING ANY OPTIONAL UPDATES, go ahead and check or download or install depending on what you see.
What you have done here is force the installation of any outstanding or pending updates and also trigger any restarts that the updates need to finish their installing. Even when this process has finished, and your computer has restarted, re visit the “Security and Updates” page as there will almost certainly be more new updates.
“Optional Updates Available – Cumulative Update for Windows 10 ver 1909”
You may see this “Optional” update which adds a load of new features to Windows BUT this is the one that has been making the news (March 2020) as it can wreck your computer. It is labelled as “optional” so leave it for now as the pattern is normally that Microsoft will fix the bugs and include it in the next batch of “critical” updates.
Good luck and if you run into any problems or have any questions please don’t hesitate to drop us a line.