How to manually install Microsoft Windows patches or upgrades


  • I don't want to wait until my computer automatically installs Windows patches, how can I install them on my own?
  • I want to run Windows Update on my computer, how do I do that?


Microsoft will release what are known as "Quality Updates" at least once a month, usually on the second Tuesday of that month. Bowdoin configuration will require that updates attempt to install every Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM. You do not have to wait until Friday to allow the updates to install as it is possible to install the updates on your own. This is highly recommended, especially if you don't want to be caught off guard and have your work computer install patches in the middle of a meeting or presentation!


To manually install Microsoft Windows patches, follow these simple steps.

  • Click on the Start Menu, usually in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  • Click on the Settings icon (gear symbol).
  • On the "Windows Settings" page, choose "Update & Security"
  • On the "Windows Update" page, click Check for Updates

If you need further assistance, please contact the Bowdoin College Service Desk


Article ID: 134911
Fri 10/15/21 2:09 PM
Thu 10/21/21 3:46 PM