Windows 10’s free Windows Update assistant will allow users to quickly check on the status of their Windows 10 upgrade and unlock their devices.
To access this feature, open up Settings and then tap Update & security.
From here, select Security and then select Windows Update Assistant from the list of options.
Users can then go to the Cortana Search option and enter in the search string “sba” to quickly search for any of the free Windows 10 updates that Microsoft has released.
For example, enter “sbsa” to open the Cortana search for “smba.”
Once the Cortana assistant opens, you can quickly scan the list and tap on the update you want to update.
You’ll see a pop-up box that includes the Windows 10 version number, the operating system version and whether or not the update is free or paid.
To check the status for a specific update, tap the update and then click the update icon to get the latest information.
The Windows 10 Update Assistant also displays information about which versions of the update are available to upgrade, as well as whether or the update can be installed on your system or not.
For more information on Microsoft’s free updates, read our guide to Microsoft’s Windows 10 free updates.
The Windows 10 update assistant also allows users to search for Windows 10 software updates and install them on their system.
To search for updates, simply enter the name of the Microsoft software you want the update to download from, such as “Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Windows.”
To install a specific Microsoft software update, you’ll need to open Cortana and type the update name in the text box to locate the appropriate option.
Once the Microsoft update assistant finds the update that you want, it will automatically download and install it on your PC.
To ensure the update installs correctly, go back to Settings and tap Update and security.
After you have installed the update, Cortana will ask you if you want it to keep installing the update.
If you say “yes,” the update will continue to install on your Windows 10 PC.
If Cortana doesn’t respond to the confirmation email, you may need to restart your computer and start over.
Once a Windows 10 computer is updated, Microsoft will send a notification via email or the Windows Update app that will prompt you to unlock your device or reinstall it.
If your Windows device is locked or cannot be unlocked, you will need to reinstall the update on your device and re-install the update from the Windows Store.
For instructions on how to reinstate the update manually, visit Microsoft’s official support site.