How to Safely Install Monthly Windows Updates

On the first Tuesday of every month, Microsoft releases updates for the Windows operating system. Your Windows PC receives these updates through the Automatic Updates feature and installs them in the background. You are notified only when a system reboot is needed – this is when you see “Windows is installing updates” screen.

But sometimes, these updates end up crashing your PC, breaking a certain piece hardware or even booting straight into the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD). People have been witnessing more of these occurrences in recent times as Microsoft is trying to release more and more updates. If this happens to you, you can use System Restore feature to roll back the changes, but there is a much faster and reliable solution – Macrium Reflect.

You can use Macrium Reflect to keep full backups of your system partitions, so that even if updates interfere with the regular working of your PC, you can always roll back to the previous state in a few seconds. Here is how:

  1. Download and install Macrium Reflect in your Windows PC.
  2. In the Macrium Reflect window, select BackupBackup Windows from the menubar.Macrium Reflect
  3. It will automatically select the system partitions to backup. Just choose a destination folder and click Next.Macrium Reflect
  4. Click on the Add Schedule button in the window that shows up next.Macrium Reflect
  5. In the schedule options make selections to run the backup task on the first Monday of every month for every month. This is because Windows will install updates on the first Tuesday, so backup should be made before that.Macrium Reflect
  6. Go ahead and save the backup task by clicking on the Finish button.
  7. In the Macrium Reflect window, select Other Tasks →  Add Recovery Boot Menu option from the menubar to add the Macrium Reflect in the boot menu. This is helpful to restore Windows when Windows does not boot properly.

Now you are all set. If Windows updates cause any trouble, you can choose Macrium Reflect at boot menu and restore Windows from the last backup. It takes only 5-6 minutes.