5. Run Windows Update troubleshooter
If you’re having problems with missing Check for updates button on Windows 10, the issue might be related to a temporary glitch on your system. To fix the problem, it’s advised to run a Windows Update troubleshooter.
Windows comes with various troubleshooters, and these troubleshooters are designed to automatically fix minor problems and glitches that you can encounter. To run a Windows Update troubleshooter, you just need to do the following:
- Open the Settings app and navigate to the Update & Security section.
- Choose Troubleshoot from the left pane. Select Windows Update from the list on the right and click the Run the troubleshooter button.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.
Once the troubleshooter is finished, check if the problem is still there. Keep in mind that the troubleshooter might not be the most effective solution, but it can work sometimes, so feel free to try it out.
6. Run Windows Update from Command Prompt
Sometimes you might not be able to check for updates, and if that’s the case, you should try this workaround. According to users, if you have a problem with missing Check for updates button, perhaps you can open Windows Update from the Command Prompt. To do that, just follow these steps:
- Open Command Prompt as administrator.
- Run the following command: powershell.exe -command “(New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.AutoUpdate).DetectNow()”
If everything is in order, Windows Update should now start. If nothing happens, it means that this solution doesn’t work, so you can move to the next one.
7. Check your policies
- Open Group Policy Editor. (We showed you how to do that in a previous step.)
- Now navigate to Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Updates. In the right pane, check the state of all policies. Make sure that all policies are set to Not configured. If a certain policy is enabled or disabled, change it to Not configured.
- Now go to User configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Updates and make sure that all policies are set to Not configured.
After making these changes, check if the problem is still there.
8. Create a new user account
- Open the Settings app and navigate to the Accounts section.
- Select Family & other people from the left pane. Now go to Add someone else to this PC.
- Choose I don’t have this person’s sign-in information > Add a user without a Microsoft account.
- Now you just have to enter the desired username for the new account and click Next.
After creating a new user account, switch to it and check if the problem is still there. If the issue doesn’t appear on a new account, we advise you to move all your personal files to the new account and start using it instead of your old one.
9. Perform an in-place upgrade
- Download and run the Media Creation Tool.
- Once it opens, choose to Upgrade this PC now and click Next.
- Now select Download and install updates (recommended) and click Next.
- Follow the instructions on the screen until you reach Ready to install screen. Click on Change what to keep.
- Be sure to select Keep personal files and apps option and click Next.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the upgrade process.
An in-place upgrade will reinstall your system and update it to the latest version while keeping all your files and applications intact.
Once the process is finished, you’ll have the latest version of Windows installed and the problem with Windows Update should be resolved.
If Check for updates button is missing on your PC, you might not be able to download the latest updates, but we hope that you solved the problem by using one of our solutions.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in November 2018 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.