As an operating system, Windows is huge. It has gone through several iterations, some of which have been very well-received. Others will go down as the subject of jokes in the technology space.
Despite this, Windows has been leading the OS space since the mid-80s, with no other OS, mobile or desktop, taking the crown from it ever since (though Android is getting close). Today, Windows still holds nearly three-quarters of the desktop OS market. As a result of this market dominance, when people have issues with Windows, they have those issues en masse.
For instance, the issue of updates. It’s funny how many people complain that Windows downloads updates on its own. No matter how hard they try to stop it from doing that and disable updates forever.
At the same time, other people simply can’t get it to update. All they want to know is how to force update Windows 10.
If you belong to the latter group, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll walk through how to force a Windows 10 update without much hassle.
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Why does Windows force updates?
If there’s one thing that frustrates me about Windows 10 as much as it frustrates numerous other people, it has to be the fact that Windows 10 forces updates. As users, we don’t understand why they need to do this, and it gets extremely annoying to deal with.
However, in their defense, forcing Windows updates is mainly done to protect us as consumers from cyberspace threats and nefarious individuals.
The updates that Windows forces you to install aren’t about aesthetics or bringing in new features. The main reason for a Windows 10 forced update is security. Most of these updates help patch up vulnerabilities that have been discovered to protect you as a user of the platform.
This explains why even if you can stop an update, you can only defer it for a definite period before the OS will update Windows 10.
How to force Windows 10 to update?
In some cases, you may want to force Windows 10 updates, either to make sure your computer is up-to-date or that your sensitive data is not in any form of danger.
There are a few ways that you can get a forced Windows update done. I will show you a couple of these.
Windows 10 update with Windows Update Assistant
The Windows 10 Update Assistant is a very useful tool because it can not only help you force Windows 10 updates. But it will also make sure that your CPU, RAM, and storage space are all compatible with the new version.
Here are the steps to follow to use the Windows Update Assistant to update your Windows 10 OS:
- Click on this link to go to the download page for the Windows 10 operating system.
- Click on the button that says “Update now.”
- This will download the setup file for the Windows Update Assistant. When it has downloaded completely, install and launch the program.
- Click on the button that says “Update now.”
- After checking your PC hardware specifications and checking compatibility, the program will go ahead with the update if everything checks out.
This is the easiest way to force an update on Windows 10. Note that the full download may take some time, depending on your computer and your internet speed.
Windows 10 update from command line
If the first process doesn’t work for you for some reason, another technique can be used to force Windows 10 updates, but it is best reserved for the tech-savvy readers among you. This involves using the command line, otherwise known as CMD.
I will do my best to run you through the process to force Windows update when using the command line. If you follow all these steps to the letter, you should have no problems whatsoever. Let’s get into it then.
- Open File Explorer.
- Select your “C:” drive (or whichever drive letter Windows is installed to), then select “Windows,” then “SoftwareDistribution,” and finally “Download.”
- Delete all the files in this folder.
- Use the search menu to search for “Windows Update” and open the application.
- Type in “cmd” in the search menu, right-click on it, and “Run as Administrator.”
- In the console window that opens for cmd, type in “wuauclt.exe /updatenow” (without quotation marks). Don’t press enter yet!
- Go back to Windows Update that you opened previously and click on “Check for updates” in the pane on the left side.
- It will begin to search for updates.
- As soon as it does this, go back to cmd and press Enter on the command you typed in.
- If your Windows is not up-to-date and you followed the steps correctly, you should see Windows Update begin downloading an update.
That’s how to force Windows update by using the command line.
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