Patches and other security updates are regularly released through Windows Update on the second Tuesday of every month, called Patch Tuesday. However, Microsoft also releases updates on other days, such as hotfixes.
What is Windows Update used for?
Windows Update is used to update Microsoft Windows and various other Microsoft programs.
Updates often include feature enhancements and security updates to help protect Windows from malware and malicious attacks.
You can also use Windows Update to access the update history, which shows all the updates that have been installed on your computer using the Windows Update service.
Windows update availability
All modern Windows operating systems use Windows Update, such as Windows 11 and Windows 10, but other versions of Windows XP.
However, Windows Update does not update most non-Microsoft software. You will need to update those programs yourself or use a free software updater to do it for you.
How to access Windows update.
How to access Windows Update depends on the Windows operating system you are using:
Windows 11 and Windows 10: Windows Update is built in and part of Settings, accessible from the Start menu.