Make Windows 8 Display a Desktop Notification For Updates

In this article we explain how to make Windows 8 display a Desktop notification when updates are available.

Introduction

In this article we explain how to make Windows 8 display a Desktop notification when new updates are available. If new updates are available, then Windows 8 doesn't display a Desktop notification. New update provides the solution and will pop up a notification for new updates. It also makes it easier to a access Windows Updates from the Desktop.

Procedure for display a Desktop notification

Step 1

Even if we set Windows Update to "Check for Updates but Let Me Choose Whether to Download and Install Them" it won't pop up a notification.

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Step 2

Download Windows (8) Update Notifier, unzip it and run WindowsUpdateNotifier.exe.

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Step 3

The utility icon lives in the Notification Area on the Taskbar. It will check for updates and display a notification of what's available. By default it searches for new updates every hour.

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Step 4

Click it to open Windows Update directly and install the available updates. I like this feature because it's easier to access Windows Update from the Desktop.

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