But as evidenced by the breadth and popularit of our Windows update troubleshooting article on the Windows 10 Help Forums, it’s clear that we don’t live in an ideal world.
For reasons technological and logistical, you may not be able to get on board with set-it-and-forget-it automatic Windows Updates.
So, before you download a cumulative update, make sure you check what you have installed.
Microsoft sometimes includes new versions of existing updates, e.g.
a version 2 to fix for something that might not have been resolved in the initial release.
For any Windows 10 PC—be it in an office, a home, a school, or a government institution—there are endless Windows Updates to install.
Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make this process unobtrusive.
You can check the version installed by pressing Windows key R, and typing: winver then hitting Enter.
The About dialog will reveal the build number and cumulative update installed.
Choose the one that matches your Windows 10 architecture. After downloading the cumulative update, proceed to launch the file then wait while it is initialized. During this time, Windows 10 will display a progress bar indicating the progress of the installation. Windows 10’s built-in antivirus can be updated manually, too.
In my case, I am running Windows 10 Pro 64 bit, so I will download that. New definitions can be downloaded from the Malware Protection Center.
If you perform a fresh install of Windows 10 Creators Update, for example, the version installed is 15063.0.
A recently updated system will display 15063.413 as of this writing.
In fact, for most home users with steady internet connections, Windows Updates are installed automatically with little to no input from the user.