How to Install Latest Windows Updates, including Service Pack 1 (Windows 7)


Keeping your Windows OS up to date is one of the most important things you can do to make your software function properly.

Many programs, especially modern video games utilizes the latest Microsoft programs and libraries, so if some newly installed software returns error when launching, it is probably resulted in outdated OS files


One of the most important parts of Windows updates is Service Pack 1. It includes various security, performance, and stability updates which are essential for your OS or any other recently developed Windows software.

Although every Windows OS is initially configured to update itself automatically, sometimes users disable automatic updating to preserve internet bandwidth or unwanted updating process which runs on its own, spending RAM and CPU usage when you need it for something else. If so, you should manually check for updates, once in a while. 


How to manually check for Windows updates 

1  Go to start menu and type “windows update” into the search field.

2  Select first and the only choice and Windows Update window will show. Pay attention as this is the point where many people got tricked by “No importand updates available” message, so they usually close Windows Update window (believing that their OS is up to date), but this actually means that there aren’t any downloaded updates. So although “No important updates available” message may appear, ignore this and proceed to the next step!

3  On the right side of the window, there should be several options including Control Panel Home, Check for updates, Change settings, View update History… Select Check for updates and wait for updater to obtain the list of latest updates from Microsoft server. This process may take several minutes or longer (sometimes even more then one hour), and if there are updates available, you will eventually get this:

4  Click on “4 important updates are available”, select all items displayed in the list, and click OK. Sometimes all updates are already selected, so you don’t have to select anything. Anyway, this is the last confirmation you will receive before installing the updates:

5  Click on “Install updates” and you will see your updates being downloaded and installed one by one. Do not restart or shutdown your PC during this process. The best practice is to leave your PC and do nothing while it finishes installing everything. Once it finishes, you’ll get “The updates were successful installed” message, but since OS is unable to update some currently running processes and services, it will offer “Restart now” button. Hit this button and your PC will restart itself, but it will continue to update before booting into the Windows again. 


Important: Keep in mind that if your Windows OS wasn’t updated for a long time, it will not be able to obtain and install all available updates at once. For example Service Pack 1 can not be installed if all previous updates are not installed. So repeat previous steps until you get “No important updates available” message after you clicked on Check for updates:



Windows could not search for new updates

Sometimes an error may occur while Windows Update utility is searching for new updates. “Windows could not search for new updates” message will appear along with error code:

This means something is blocking Windows Update utility from obtaining updates. Follow THIS link to fix the problem.


How to enable/disable automatic Windows update

As already mentioned in this text, sometimes it is a good practice to disable your OS from automatically checking and installing updates to avoid being interrupted occasionally since Microsoft releases new updates very frequently. To access these settings, follow next steps:

1  Go to start menu and type “windows update” into the search field.

2  Select first and the only choice and Windows Update window will show.

3  On the right side of the window select Change settings and you will get settings screen where you can customize the way you want to update your OS. If you select “Never check for updates” in the drop down menu, make sure to manually run updater at least once in a month.


How to uninstall particular, previously installed, Windows update

Although very rarely, it might happen that some programs stop working or behave strange after installing particular Windows updates. If you are in doubt that Windows updates messed up some of your software, you can select and remove particular update. As you can assume, this is not recommended since it can affect many other software as well as OS functionality, so it is a good idea to create system restore point before doing so. To uninstall particular Windows update, follow these steps: 

1  Go to start menu and type “windows update” into the search field.

2  Select first and the only choice and Windows Update window will show.

3  On the right side of the window select Installed Updates and you will get the complete list of previously installed updates with details separated in columns: Program (which program uses the update), Version, Publisher and Installed On. If you click on Installed On, you will sort updates by the date when they were installed, to easier determine which particular update you want to remove. 

4  Right click on the update you want to remove and select “Uninstall“.


How to check if Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is installed

To make sure that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has been successful installed, right click on “Computer” icon on your desktop and select “Properties“. If there’s no such an icon on your desktop, go to start menu, type “system” into the search box and when results show, select “System” under “Control Panel” group. There should be “Service Pack 1” under “Windows edition“, like this:


Alternative titles:

How to Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1
How to Manually Check for Windows Updates
How to Disable Automatic Windows Updates
How to Uninstall Specific Windows Update