If you are using Windows 10, you already know that Microsoft now downloads updates automatically when it feels your PC needs them, and gives you notice popups telling you that you need to restart to install these updates. Quite often, this happens in the middle of our being busy. We click the “Remind me Later” button and forget about it. If we do this too often, though, we can quickly get behind on important updates – major and minor.
Microsoft releases major updates to Windows 10 about every six months. The company also releases patches to fix security and other issues whenever they are needed. These updates are much smaller and faster to install, but are equally as important as the major updates.
Checking Version of Windows 10
If you are not sure which version of Windows 10 you are running, the answer is just a couple of clicks away. Hit that ”Start” button, and choose ”Settings” (the gear-looking icon) and then click ”System.”
On the left side of the box that opens, scroll all the way to the bottom and click on ”About.”. When this information populates on the right side, scroll down to where it says ”Windows Specifications.” The version of Windows 10 you have installed at the moment is the second option. You will see a number:
To find out if you need to update, you can ask Google what the current Windows 10 version is, or you can head to the Microsoft Windows 10 update page. If the top of the page offers you the option to ”Update Now,” you’ll know it is time to do so. The download will happen in the background as you continue working or surfing and alert you when it is time to reboot your system.
Oddly enough, I allowed my laptop to update to what I assumed was the latest version of Windows 10 just yesterday, as you can see in the earlier screenshot. However, it is NOT the latest version, so off I go in a bit to download and install once again.
What other Windows 10 questions can I answer for you? How can I help make your computing and surfing life easier?