Windows Update

Windows Update
Component of Microsoft Windows
Windows Update on Windows 10
Introduced inWindows 98

Windows Update is a free updating service by Microsoft that regularly give updates to Windows and other Microsoft products, sometimes also for drivers. It is used to keep Microsoft apps and the Windows operating systems updated and often protected from malware and ransomware.

Location[edit | edit source]

Patch Tuesday[edit | edit source]

Patch Tuesday is a day where Microsoft releases patches and security updates for Windows routinely, usually being the second Tuesday of every month. However, Microsoft still releases urgent updates on most other days.

Automatic Updates[edit | edit source]

Formerly known as the Windows Critical Update Notification Tool in Windows 98 and 2000, this tool runs in the background and notifies the user when a critical update is available. In Windows Me (9x) and Windows XP / 2000 SP3 (NT), this tool was replaced with Automatic Updates. Automatic Updates will not require a web browser, and checks updates less routinely than the Critical Update Notification Tool.

Filetypes[edit | edit source]

Windows Vista uses .MANIFEST .MUM and .CAT file extensions on the updates.

Windows 10 and 11 Feature Updates[edit | edit source]

See Microsoft Windows#Windows 10 updates and Windows 11 updates for the subsequent feature updates released for Windows 10.