Microsoft has further polished the Windows Update section of the Settings app in the latest few Windows 10 releases, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that all features requested by users have also been added.
And a concept published online recently shows just how big is the difference between Microsoft’s own version and what users expect to find in Windows Update.
The redesign created by Zee-Al-Eid Ahmad Rana features a new layout, grouping updates by app – shown in one screenshot are updates shipped for Windows 10 and Office, and users can either download them individually or download and install everything.
Furthermore, users are informed from the very beginning how much size the updates require, while also getting additional information for each update category. The Windows 10 section, for example, lets users choose from feature updates, security updates, and other non-security updates, all by simply clicking a checkbox in a dedicated update customization screen.
More Windows Update options
The redesigned Windows Update also comes with more advanced options, allowing users to install updates automatically, download updates but allow for manual installation, only check for updates, or simply never check for updates.
More information is also displayed when downloading updates, including download speed and the time left to completion. The UI overall makes more sense, and at first glance reading the displayed information is much easier than in the existing Windows Update screen, which has often been described by many as cluttered.
The Windows Update overhaul also includes a notification displayed when updates have been installed, albeit this one appears to be eating up too much space on the screen. Options to restart the device at a later time or restart it immediately are also provided.
Of course, it doesn’t mean all ideas presented here should be adopted by Microsoft, but some of them make a lot of sense going forward, especially as Windows Update overall must provide a more straightforward experience for everyone.