To check for Windows 7 software updates, click the start button located in the lower left portion of the screen. Type "Updates" in the search box and select "Windows Updates," then click "Check for updates."
A message will appear if any software updates are available for your computer. To allow Windows 7 to automatically install future software updates, open the Windows Update application by clicking Settings, then select Change PC settings. Finally, choose the Update and Recovery option. You can either set the option to automatic or manual update. The two types of software updates for Windows 7 are classified as recommended and important updates. Important updates provide improved security against known software threats. Recommended updates address non-critical issues and also increase your computer's efficiency.
You may be required to restart your computer after all updates have completed their installation process. Before you restart your computer, it is important to save all changes to your files before closing any running applications.
Windows 7 is an operating system developed by Microsoft. It was released to the general public on 22 October 2009 and included many new features. As of 2015, software updates downloaded from the Windows Update application are free of charge.