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By default updates are set to install automatically in Windows 8 - but if you wish to change settings or manually run Windows Update you can access it via Control Panel or PC Settings - see here for instructions on accessing Control Panel and PC Settings

 

via Control Panel

From the Control Panel click System and Security

 

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then click Windows Update

 

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Here you will see if any updates are available, when updates were last installed and you can also click Change settings if you wish to change automatic update settings

 

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via PC Settings

 

From PC Settings click Update and recovery

 

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On this page you can then see a brief summary of your update settings, and you can click Check now to see if any new updates are available

 

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Updates installing prompt

 

After Windows Update automatically downloads and installs updates you will often see the messages below when booting or restarting your computer - these are updates which could not be installed when Windows is running so are automatically installed during a shutdown or restart - as the message states do not switch off your computer, wait a short while and the update process will complete automatically

 

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Updates for Windows Store Apps

 

If any of the applications you download from the Windows Store has updates available then these will be automatically installed for you

 

But if you wish to manually check for updates then access the Charms Bar by moving your mouse pointer to top or bottom right corner, click Settings > App updates (as shown below)

 

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You will then see the following screen where you can click "Check for updates" - if any updates are available they will be shown and you can click to install them

 

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