Get Back Windows Update Notifications on Desktop on Windows 8

Based on user feedback Microsoft has made numerous design changes in Windows 8. One such design change is removing Windows Update notification from Windows 8 taskbar. Users are no longer notified about Windows 8 updates on desktop.

The only option that Windows 8 provides is the ability to choose whether to just download or automatically install or never check for updates. Though most of the users have either automatically download and install or download updates but let me choose whether to install them.

Windows Update Settings

But, those who have set not to install updates automatically may find the new change in Windows 8 as annoying. As they will never get any notification of new updates are available for Windows 8. If you hate this design change and looking for the way to get back Windows update notification then here extremely useful utility for you, Windows (8) Update Notifier.

This utility once installed will start displaying Windows update notification on taskbar in the popup form and clicking on this popup will open the Windows Update dialogue box. However, you do need to keep this app running in order to get the update notification.

Just download Windows Update Notifier and extract the zip file content. Now double click on WindowsUpdateNotifier.exe to run the program and it will start checking for the updates. You will get a instant notification if there are any updates available for download and install for your computer.

New Update Notification

You can right click on Windows Update Notifier tray icon to manually search for updates or open Windows Update Control Panel.

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Windows 8 Update Notifier Options

To make Windows Update Notifier auto start with Windows, simply place Add a shortcut to the “WindowsUpdateNotifier.exe” file into the Startup folder (e.g. “C:\Users\{Username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup).

Download Windows (8) Update Notifier.

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