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How to create a shortcut to Windows Update in Windows 10

Windows 10 will keep itself updated on its own most of the time, but some people like to go into settings and tweak what gets updated and when. To make it easier to get to Windows Update, you can create a shortcut that takes you straight to where you want to go. Here's how to do it!

How to create a Windows Update shortcut in your Start menu

You can easily add a Windows Update shortcut to your Start menu if you'd like to keep your desktop uncluttered. Here's how to do it.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click the Settings button. It looks like a small gear and is located above the power button.

  1. Click Update & security.
  2. Right-click Windows Update.

  1. Click Pin to Start.
  2. Click Yes.

Windows Update will now show up as a tile in your Start menu.

How to create a Windows Update shortcut on your desktop

Placing a shortcut to Windows Update on your desktop is one of the quickest ways to get where you're going. Here's how to do it.

  1. Right-click an empty spot on your desktop.
  2. Click New.
  3. Click Shortcut.

  1. Type ms-settings:windowsupdate
  2. Click Next.

  1. Type Windows Update or whatever you'd like to name the shortcut.
  2. Click Finish.

You will now have a shortcut to Windows Update on your desktop. Just double-click it and you'll go right to the settings page.

How to change the desktop shortcut icon

Not satisfied with the standard gear icon the shortcut uses? Here's how to change it to something else.

  1. Right-click the Windows Update desktop shortcut.
  2. Click Properties.

  1. Click the Web Document tab at the top of the window.
  2. Click Change Icon.

  1. Click an icon.
  2. Click OK.

  1. Click Apply.
  2. Click OK.

Your shortcuts

Do you have a shortcut to Windows Update on your desktop or in your Start menu? Let us know in the comments section!

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

7 Comments
  • Great ! Now can we get a list of all such shortcuts for the desktop. Start menu is easy..
  • One article per shortcut
  • Haha!
  • found an article that show many more of the ms-settings commands so that you can make the same shortcuts for other commands if you wish. http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-open-various-settings-pages-directly-in-windows-10/
  • I miss being able to get to it in 7/8/8.1 via Click Start, Type "WUAPP" and hit enter. I understand the WUAPP.exe application is gone in favor of the new settings app, but I feel they should by default allow a similar way to get to it instantly by typing in an app name or shortcut.
  • You can still click Start then type "Windows updates"... it should shup up after typing "up"
  • I have it on my W10M