Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system and promises to outperform its beloved predecessors. Like previous versions, users can update their systems to improve performance and reliability.
This article discusses manual and automatic updates in Windows 11 and walks you through updating drivers. We also cover switching from Windows 11 Home to the Pro edition. Read on for more information.
How to Update Windows 11
Like other Windows products, this operating system automatically downloads and installs software updates. You may not notice the changes until you restart your PC because all updates require a system restart to implement.
If you suspect that your PC has not detected any new updates, you can access the Windows Security Center and schedule an update. To do this, follow the instructions below.
- Right click on “Start” and tap on “Run”.
- Type “
wscui.cpl” in the field provided and click on the “OK” button.
- Select ‘Automatic maintenance’.
- The action generates the following options:
This is the recommended option that allows users to select the date and time when the program will download and install updates.
- Download updates for me
This option allows the software to download updates. However, it requires user permission to install them.
- Notify me
If you select this option, the system can notify you when new updates are available. User interaction is required to download and install them.
- Turn off automatic updates
The last option deactivates Automatic Updates. You will receive a link that will take you to the Windows Update web page. Here you can manually choose and install updates.
- After viewing the options, click on ‘Automatic’.
When scheduling an automatic update, make sure you have selected a time when you don’t need to use your device.
You can apply updates through the Settings app if you don’t want to tinker with the Windows Security Center. To do this, follow the steps below.
- Press the “Windows + I” shortcut to launch the Settings app.
- Go to the left sidebar and find “Windows Update.”
- Tap on the “Check for Updates” option. The program should automatically detect and download all available updates.
- Press “Install Now”. After the app installs the update, you will be prompted to restart your PC.
Restart your computer to activate the update immediately.
Another way to manually install updates in Windows 11 is to download and run the MSU file. This update file works like most EXE programs and is useful for resolving the “Undo changes” error. Here’s what to do:
- Tap “Windows + I” to open Settings and go to “Windows Update”.
- You should find the update package number under the “Error Found” section.
- Launch your favorite web browser and go to catalog.update.microsoft.com.
- Type the update package number in the search bar and press “Enter”.
- The page lists all available updates that are compatible with your update package.
- Download the update that your system supports. (Most users have an x64 system.)
- After downloading the required update, double tap the MSU file to start the installation.
Once the process is complete, restart your PC to enjoy the latest Windows 11 build.
You may want to use the Installation Assistant to update your system to the latest build without waiting for automatic updates. Follow the steps below to complete the task.
- Visit this page to download the installation assistant.
- Tap the downloaded file to run the app and allow it to detect updates.
- The program window generates on-screen instructions to help you download updates.
- After the download is complete, restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
If your PC does not have a TPM chip, you can work around the problem and update Windows using the Rufus utility. Note that this method requires a clean installation of Windows. Here’s what to do:
- Download the Windows 11 ISO image from this page.
- Visit this page to download and install the Rufus utility.
- Start the program and insert a USB stick into your computer.
- After Rufus detects the USB stick, tap ‘Select’.
- Choose the Windows 11 ISO image.
- Go under the “Picture Option” section and press the drop-down menu.
- Select “Extended Windows 11 installation” from the list of options.
- Tap the “Start” button in the lower right corner of the window.
- After the process is complete, quit Rufus and restart your computer.
- While Windows is restarting, tap the Startup key repeatedly.
Note that you have to press the “Esc” key on HP laptops to access the boot menu. For other laptops, you should be able to use one of the following boot keys: F9, F10, or F12.
Now you perform a clean install of Windows 11.
- Choose the USB stick where you saved the ISO image and press “Enter”.
- Choose the partition where you want to install Windows from the “Windows Installer” window.
- Wait a few minutes for the installation to complete.
- Restart your computer.
Update Windows 11 Drivers
Updating drivers ensures that your hardware and software are properly connected. The easiest way to update drivers in Windows 11 is through the Settings app.
- Launch Settings and navigate to the left pane.
- Go to the ‘Windows Update’ tab and press ‘Check for updates’.
- After the computer has finished downloading the updates, tap “Install Now.”
- Restart your PC.
Another useful tool for driver updates in Windows 11 is Device Manager. Here’s how to do it:
- Move your cursor over the “Start” button and right click.
- Go through the context menu and choose “Device Manager”.
- The new window lists all installed drivers.
- Locate the component you want to update and right click.
- Choose “Update Driver” from the list of options.
- Unless you have the latest driver versions, press ‘Search for drivers automatically’.
The updates will take effect after you restart your PC.
You can also manually update the drivers. All you need to do is open the manufacturer’s web page and download the latest version.
How to Update Windows 11 to Pro
Windows 11 comes in two editions. The first is the Home Edition, which is suitable for most users, from office workers to gamers, and includes all the essential Windows features.
The other, the Pro edition, offers more advanced features like BitLocker, Remote Desktop, Group Policy, Active Directory support, and more. It is more suitable for small businesses. But if you’re curious about what the Pro version has to offer, there are two ways to activate it.
The first method involves the Settings app.
- Launch “Settings” and press “System”.
- Tap the “Activation” section.
- Navigate to “Change Product Key” and click the “Change” button.
- Confirm your product key to upgrade to Windows 11 Pro.
- Click “Next” and press “Start”.
You can also upgrade the Home edition by purchasing Windows 11 Pro from the Microsoft Store.
- Open the Settings and choose the “Activation” page.
- Navigate to “Upgrade in this Microsoft app” and press “Open Store”.
- Click “Buy” and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the upgrade process.
Whether you used the product key or Microsoft Store, you should wait about 30 minutes for your system to switch to Windows 11 Pro.
Seamlessly Update Windows 11
Customizing software can be daunting, especially if you’re not confident in your technical skills. Fortunately, Windows 11 is one of Microsoft’s most user-friendly programs and you should be able to perform automatic and manual updates without any problems. While installing new updates, check your drivers and see if new versions are available. Installing it only takes a few clicks. And if you’re not happy with the Windows 11 Home experience, you can switch to the Pro edition in less than 30 minutes.
Do you rely on automatic updates, or do you prefer to install them manually? Have you considered moving to Windows 11 Pro? Which of the features do you like the most? Let us know in the comments below.