How to handle Windows 10 updates

Microsoft's new updating procedure can be confusing -- and annoying. Here's exactly what happens, and a few strategies for getting around it.

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Confused about how updates work in Windows 10? Join the club. In this latest version of its operating system, Microsoft has transformed what was once a straightforward procedure into a seemingly complicated process that varies according to whether you have Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. As a result, there have been lots of misperceptions about how Windows 10 Update works, and how to best use it.

Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 doesn't give you the option to review pending updates and choose not to install them (although, as you'll see later on in this piece, there are a few exceptions to that). Instead, the updates automatically install on a schedule of Microsoft's choosing. When updates are available, Windows 10 automatically downloads them, schedules a time to restart your PC, and then installs the update on that schedule.

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