computer update

We’ve all been there… you start to notice slow speeds or strange behavior from your computer. Maybe you have auto-updates on, or maybe you don’t. But from previous experience, you think a simple computer update may solve your issues. Hey, it’s worth a shot! 

If you have a Windows computer, here are few steps to take to update your computer and hopefully overcome the issues. 

Before Getting Started: 

Before running any updates, back-up any documents and pictures from your computer that you would be sorry to lose. Microsoft says you won’t lose any of your files when performing updates. While we trust Microsoft, we recommend taking the extra step to back-up important files. It’s better to be safe, than sorry! 

Steps to Take for a Windows Computer Update: 

Try Rebooting your Computer 

A great place to start when your computer isn’t updating is to reboot your computer. Sometimes simply rebooting your computer will let the update complete. However, if rebooting doesn’t push an update through, you can try to manually push the Windows Update. 

Run Windows Update Manually 

Instructions for manually pushing an update through with Windows 10 are as follows: 

  1. Select Start or the Windows button 
  2. Select Settings  
  3. Select Update & Security  
  4. Select Windows Update 
  5. Select Check for updates 
  6. Select Download and Install 

If a manual update doesn’t work, your computer may not have enough disk space available. 

Make Sure YoHave Enough Free Disk Space 

Computers often require at least 10 to 20 GB of free space on the hard drive to perform an update. This space is necessary for the files to download and for Windows to make a roll-back file, in case there is a problem after the update.  

Try Windows Update Troubleshooter 

If none of the above have worked, try using the Windows Update Troubleshooter. 

  1. Select Start or the Windows button 
  2. Select Settings  
  3. Select Update & Security  
  4. Select Troubleshoot 
  5. Select Windows Update under Get up and running 
  6. Select Run the troubleshooter 

Download Windows 10 Update Assistant 

On occasion, if you have not done an update for a while, Windows Update will refuse to complete an update. In this scenario, you will need to head over to Microsoft.com and download the Windows 10 Update Assistant, install and run it. The Update Assistant installs a new version of Windows over the top of what you have instead of updating what you have. 


If you need assistance with any of the steps above our team of IT support experts would be happy to help. Additionally, if none of the methods have solved your issue, contact our IT Help Desk and we will help you determine what the issue is.