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Get notification for Windows 10 Updates Before Downloading or Installing

Windows 10, by default, will download and install updates automatically. While this is done to make sure you computer always stay secured, many of us would want to get notified about an update before it downloads or even installs it. As of now, if you go to Settings > Update and Recovery >  Update > Advanced Settings. The option to change it is either disabled or set to Notify to Schedule Restart. In this post, we will share how you can get notification of Windows 10 Updates to notify before download or install.

Windows Update Advance Option

I am using Windows 10 Pro, and this is what you can do to change the Windows Update behavior. To make this happen, you will need an Administrator Account.

Note:  Most of us have upgraded from Windows 8 or Windows 7 to Windows 10. It is possible that when installing it was associated with a Microsoft account and now a local admin account is missing. So how do we create it? You cannot. The only way out is to clean install Windows 10 or Reset your PC. Either way, you will lose all your files and install the program.

Configure Windows 10 Update to Notify Before Downloading or Installing Updates

  • Type gpedit.msc in the Run prompt, and hit enter to open group policy editor.
  • Now go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Update
  • Here select “Configure Automatic Updates” and Enable it.
  • Now you can choose the option to “Notify for download and notify to install.” It will make sure notification shows up every time you have a new update.

Now go back to  Settings > Update and Recovery >  Update > Advanced Settings. Keep this as is and do not change anything. The Group Policy Editor sets it’s from inside.

Apart from the option we talked about, there are mot options available. You can choose to download only get notified for installs, auto-schedule Windows updates or allow local admin to choose the settings. Here are more details:

Notify before downloading and installing any updates.

When Windows finds updates that apply to this computer, users will be notified that updates are ready to be downloaded. After going to Windows Update, users can download and install any available updates.

Download the updates automatically and notify when they are ready to be installed.

Windows finds updates that apply to the computer and downloads them in the background. When the downloads are complete, users will be notified that they are ready to install. After going to Windows Update, users can install them.

Automatically download updates and install them on the schedule specified below.

Specify the schedule using the options in the Group Policy Setting. If no plan is specified, the default schedule for all installations will be every day at 3:00 AM. If any updates require a restart to complete the installation, Windows will restart the computer automatically.

Allow local administrators to select the configuration mode

With this option, local administrators will be allowed to use the Windows Update control panel to select a configuration option of their choice. Local administrators will not be allowed to disable the configuration for Automatic Updates.

We hope the post was easy to follow, and you were able to get a notification for both updates and installs.

A die-hard fan of Windows, PC Gaming, and Xbox. He is a seasoned content writer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He is a specialist in writing about Windows, software reviews, troubleshooting Windows, and automation.



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