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How to handle Windows 10 updates

Step 1: Understand that there are updates, and then there are updates.

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Confused about how updates work in Windows 10? Join the club. Over the years, Microsoft has transformed what was once a straightforward procedure into an ever-changing, often complicated process that varies according to whether you have Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, or an enterprise or education edition — and that varies according to the specific version number of the operating system. As a result, there have been lots of misperceptions about how Windows Update works in Windows 10, and how to best use it.

With this article, we hope to make things clearer for you. We’ve delved deep into Windows Update and come up with answers to users’ most pressing questions: whether you have to accept all updates, whether you can uninstall existing updates, and how to reduce the bandwidth some updates use. We’ve also included some extras, like how to stop all updates if you want.

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You can check for new updates in Settings. (Click any image in this article to enlarge it.)

We have updated this article for the current Windows 10 release, the October 2020 Update (also called version 20H2). The features that are described here and the screenshots you see may differ from what you see if you have an older version of Windows 10.

Read on for details.

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