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Windows 7 Software Updates

Changes to the Windows 7 management system in 2014 have changed the way that Software Update notifications and installation are handled.

When there are updates available you will see an icon in the "Taskbar" (usually towards the bottom right corner of the screen). The "Software updates available" icon is the third entry from the left - after the Language selector (ENglish in this case) and "App-V" icons. The other icons in this image, continuing from the left, are "SCEP" (The windows anti-virus program), Google Chrome, Chrome notifications, windows "Action Center", Network, Volume Control, Thunderbird "new mail" notification and the Date/Time clock display. Your exact list of licons may vary, and some may be hidden by being "condensed" into a "^" icon, especially if you have a smaller screen and/or many taskbar icons. [Updates 1]
If you rest your mouse pointer over the "Software updates" icon you will see the following notification: [Updates 2]
If you click on the Software Updates icon you will be given a clickable option to "View Required Software" [Updates 3]
If updates are pending, you will be given an option to "Apply all required changes now" (the recommended option) or "Apply all required changes outside my business hours", with the option in the latter case for the PC to be rebooted when updates have been applied. [Updates 4]
If you "Apply updates now" the updates will be installed in the background while you continue working - you won't usually notice much performance impact unless you are using your PC quite heavily. [Updates 5]
If you are using your PC heavily, so don't wish to have updates installed in the background, you can choose to have updates applied "outside your business hours" [Updates 6]
In this case you have the option to (re) define your "business hours" - on a weekday you could choose the "out of hours" option and then leave the PC switched on overnight. Usually most updates are released in a batch once a month (usually after the second Tuesday of the month) [Updates 7]
Once the updates have been installed you may need to restart your PC so that files and services which are usually in use can be updated during the next boot sequence. The icon changes to a reboot notification as shown here: [Updates 8]
If you hover your mouse over the restart icon it will tell you that a restart is required: [Updates 9]
It will also occasionally raise a "pop up" notification to remind you that a restart is pending: [updates 10]
If you click on a restart notification it will give you an option to "Restart now" or to "snooze" before it next issues a pop up notification to remind you. If you can, restart your PC at the next opportunity - such as a lunch or coffee break: [Updates 11]