How to Update a Lenovo Laptop

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What to Know

  • Update your laptop by clicking Start Menu > Settings > Update & Security > Check for Updates.
  • Click Start Menu > Microsoft Store > three dots > Downloads and Updates to update specific apps.
  • It's important to regularly update your laptop to benefit from the best security patches. 

This article teaches you how to update a Lenovo laptop, including where to find regular Windows updates as well as specific updates relating to Lenovo devices. 

How Do I Update My Lenovo Laptop to Windows 10?

The vast majority of Lenovo laptops in circulation already have Windows 10 installed. However, if you have an aging Lenovo laptop or you simply need to double-check you're running the latest operating system, it's important to know where to look. Here's how to update your Lenovo laptop to Windows 10.

To quickly check for updates on a Windows 10 laptop, use the Windows 10 Search Bar and type in updates to bring up the relevant prompt.

  1. On your laptop, click the Start Menu logo.

    Windows 10 with Start Menu icon highlighted
  2. Click Settings.

    Windows 10 with Settings highlighted on Start Menu
  3. Click Update & Security.

    Windows 10 Settings with Update & Security highlighted
  4. Click Check for Updates.

    Windows 10 Update with check for Updates highlighted

    Alternatively, click Download and Install to download other updates.

  5. Your laptop will now check for updates and offer you the choice to download and install them immediately. 

Does Lenovo Need System Updates?

Yes. It's important to keep your laptop up to date for a number of reasons. Here's a look at the key reasons why your Lenovo needs system updates.

  • Security. The world is fast-moving which means hackers and other nefarious sources can find ways around current Windows security. Thanks to Microsoft regularly updating its software, these leaks and issues are frequently patched but you'll need to keep Windows updated to benefit from it.
  • Improved reliability. Security isn't the only issue here. Microsoft refines how its operating system works meaning regularly updating often gives you a more reliable and stable experience, thanks to bugs being fixed.
  • New features. Sometimes, Microsoft adds new features via a Windows update. These aren't always particularly huge but they can add up and prove beneficial to your workflow and general experience. 

Where Are Lenovo Updates?

For the most part, Lenovo laptop owners don't have to worry about specific Lenovo updates. While it's a good idea to periodically check the Lenovo updates site for news or use the built-in Lenovo software to check for Lenovo specific updates, Windows update should keep users safe from any potential threats. 

What Else Should I Update on My Lenovo Laptop?

Besides Windows updates, it's useful to keep other parts of your Lenovo laptop updated with the latest software. Besides keeping games updated, using the Microsoft store to keep your apps up to date is a good idea. Here's where to look for those updates.

  1. On your Lenovo laptop, click the Start Menu logo.

    Windows 10 with Start Menu icon highlighted
  2. Scroll down and click Microsoft Store.

    Windows 10 start menu with Microsoft Store highlighted
  3. Click the three dots in the top right corner.

    Windows 10 Microsoft Store with three dots highlighted
  4. Click Downloads and Updates.

    Windows 10 Microsoft Store with Downloads and Updates highlighted
  5. Click Get Updates to receive the latest updates for your software. It's possible to update all software or specific programs and apps. 

    Windows 10 Microsoft Store with downloads and updates open
  • How do I update the BIOS on my Lenovo laptop?

    To update your PC's BIOS, download and run the Lenovo System Update tool. This tool can also be used to update all Lenovo applications and drivers. It's recommended to run Windows Update before using Lenovo System Update.

  • How do I update drivers on my Lenovo laptop?

    You can update Windows drivers from the Device Manager. Alternatively, use the Lenovo System Update tool.

  • How do I fix the brightness settings on my Lenovo laptop?

    To change screen brightness on Windows 10, open the Action Center and adjust the brightness slider at the bottom. Some Lenovo laptops models will reset the screen brightness after a system update.

  • How do I fix a Lenovo laptop that isn't working?

    Whether you're having problems with a specific hardware component or the operating system itself, there are a number of ways to fix a Lenovo laptop that isn't working. As a last resort, you can try factory resetting your Lenovo laptop, but back up all of your personal data first if possible.

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