Windows Updates and the Windows Updates Available Icon – what’s the difference?
Reader Ken wrote to ask a question about Windows Updates and the Windows status bar icon that tells him that there are new updates to be installed:
I really enjoy receiving your newsletter. I always look forward to the issue and read it. It has helped me tremendously on so much.
I have a question and you may have addressed it before. When I get the automatic windows update, I all ways install them. Immediately, after I install them and reboot the little icon comes back up to me to install the updates though I have just previously done this.
Is there a setting I am missing or what could be causing this?
I wrote back to Ken to tell him that the answer depends on how he is going about windows update installation.
If you have Windows set to automatically download and install "Important Updates," you might see that icon because there are some new Optional updates. It will probably go away with your next boot.
It sounds like Ken has his Windows automatic updates set the same way I do — to download them and to tell me that there are new updates to be installed.
If you have Windows set to automatically download, but not install, Important Updates, you can start the updates from the icon in the Windows Status Bar by double-clicking on the icon and selecting Automatic or Custom. You can also start the updates by going to Start > Windows Updates.
If you do the latter, you’ll see the Windows Updates icon in the Windows Status Bar when you finish installing or reboot. However, it will go away after a while, when your Windows installation checks to see if there’s any new updates to install.