Update Office and your computer with Microsoft Update

Software isn't perfect, and that's why most software companies give you updates.

The best way to get your Microsoft updates is to set your computer to install them automatically, and you can do that in Windows. Office updates are part of the Microsoft updates you get after you set up getting updates in Windows.

You can also get updates manually at any time. We recommend that you use automatic updating—but if you choose not to, be sure to check for updates at least once a week.

Turn on automatic updates in Windows 10

If you didn't turn on automatic updating when you first started using your PC, you can change your settings any time in Windows Update.

  1. Open Windows Update by choosing Start > Settings > Update and security.

    Getting to Settings from Start in Windows 10

    Setting Windows Updates in Windows 10

  2. Choose Advanced options.

  3. Under Choose how updates are installed, choose the options that you want.

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Turn on automatic updates in Windows 8 or 8.1

  1. Open Control Panel by pressing the Windows logo key + X to see a list of commands and options, and then click Control Panel.

    Options and commands list see after pressing Windows logo key + X

  2. Choose System and Security.

    Windows 8 System and Security link in Control Panel

  3. Choose Windows Update.

    Windows 8 Windows Update link in Control Panel

  4. Choose Change settings, and choose or change the settings you want and remember your computer has to be on at the time you selected to install new updates.

    Windows 8 Windows Update Settings in Control Panel

Turn on automatic updates in Windows 7

  1. Close all open programs.

  2. Choose Start > Control Panel.

  3. Choose System and Security (which you see when you view Control Panel by Category).

    The Windows 7 Control Panel

  4. Choose Windows Update.

    The Windows Update link in Control Panel

  5. In the left-hand pane, choose Change Settings.

  6. Under Important Updates, choose Install updates automatically.

    Your IT department might set automatic updates for you. If they do, you'll see the message in the yellow bar, and you won't be able to use the Important Updates list or set dates and times, like so:

    Automatic update settings

  7. Select any other options, and remember your computer has to be on at the time you selected to install new updates.


    • If you view the items in Control Panel by their icons instead of categories, you choose System > Windows Update > Change Settings.

    • You'll receive updates for Office, Windows, and other products like Zune.

    • Updates come in three flavors: Important, Recommended, and Optional. You'll only get the important updates unless you select the second option Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.

    • It's a good idea to install the recommended updates. The optional updates may be things you don’t need, like the ability to change the language in your Office programs. It doesn't hurt to install them, but you have to get those updates manually.

Turn on automatic updates in Windows Vista

  1. Choose Start, point to All Programs, and then choose Windows Update.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • If updates need to be installed, choose Install updates.

    • To start checking for updates, choose Check for updates.

    • For more information, choose View available updates.

In the Windows Update dialog box, choose the links to make changes or learn more about the update process.

  • Check for updates     Search for available updates.

  • Change settings     Select options for how your computer receives updates from Microsoft.

  • View update history     View what has been installed and the status of those installations.

  • Restore hidden updates     Hide updates from your computer and install them later.

  • Updates: frequently asked questions     Learn more about the update process.

Turn on automatic updates in Windows XP

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel.

  2. Choose Performance and Maintenance, and then double-click System.

  3. In the System Properties dialog box, choose the Automatic Updates tab.

  4. Choose the settings you want to use.

  5. Choose Apply > OK.

Note   In Classic view, double-click System, and then click the Automatic Updates tab.

Get updates manually

  1. For your operating system, follow the steps above to go to Windows Update.

  2. Choose Check for Updates. Here's what it looks like in Windows 7.

    Checking for new updates

  3. Select the updates you want to install, and choose OK.

    Selecting an update

  4. Click Install Updates.

Applies To: PowerPoint 2010, Outlook 2013, Excel 2010, Publisher 2007, OneNote 2016 Preview, Word 2007, Visio 2013, InfoPath 2007, Access 2007, OneNote 2013, Project Standard 2013, Project Standard 2010, Publisher 2013, Visio Standard 2007, Access 2013, Visio 2010, Project Standard 2007, Visio 2016 Preview, PowerPoint 2013, Visio 2007, Excel 2007, InfoPath 2013, OneNote 2010, Word 2013, Word 2010, Project 2010, Project Professional 2013, Access 2010, Visio Standard 2010, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2007, Office 2010, Outlook 2007, InfoPath 2010, Publisher 2010, Outlook 2010, OneNote 2007

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