How to update Windows 11

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If you've been a Windows user for a while, you must have learned some of the best practices on using a PC along the way. One such popular practice among regular Windows users is hitting the refresh button.

But did you know that there is more than one way to deal with an update in a Windows PC? In this article, we've covered just that for you and covered the best ways to upgrade Windows 11. Let's get started.

How to update Windows 11 via the context menu

The context menu is a reliable tool for any Windows user - it's the small menu that pops up when you right-click on something. And as it turns out, it can also help you upgrade your copy of Windows 11. Here's how:

  • Go to the Windows desktop and right-click in anywhere on the screen, as long as it is not on an icon.
  • From there, click Refresh.
  • If you don't see the Update option, click Show other options down.
  • The option Update will appear now. Click on it to finally update your PC.

Use the F5 key

Another simple method to update your Windows 11 PC is with the help of the F5 key. Also available on older versions of Windows, Microsoft has decided to keep this method for Windows 11 as well.

To use it, simply press the F5 key and your computer will be updated. If you hold down the F5 button, the system will keep updating as long as you hold down the key.

Use the shortcut Shift + F10

Besides the methods discussed above, there is also a keyboard shortcut method that can help you update Windows 11. Press keys together Shift + F10 and the context menu will open.

From there, click on the option Update and your PC will be updated successfully.


Interestingly, many people believe that an update clears up Windows memory, or in one way or another, somehow makes it "faster". However, the update only recovers new changes made in the backend directory that the Windows UI has not yet reached. So, make sure you upgrade your PC for the right reasons.

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