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How To Pin Windows Update to the Taskbar in Windows 7

One item that seems like you should be able to easily pin to the Taskbar in Windows 7 is Windows Update, but unfortunately it’s not. With a bit of work however, we can get it pinned to the Taskbar or Start menu and here we will show you how.

First go to the Start \ All Programs and right-click Windows Update and while holding down the right mouse button drag it over to the desktop.

1-pin

When you release the right mouse button click on Create shortcuts here.

2-pin

Now right-click the Windows Update shortcut and select Properties.

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This opens Window Update Properties and under the Shortcut tab type in or copy the following into the Target box. If you don’t want to see the command window open up briefly when you launch it, change the Run dropdown menu to Minimized, then click Apply and Ok.

cmd /c wuapp.exe

4-pin 

Now just drag the shortcut icon to the taskbar and pin it.

5-pin

That’s it! Now you have it pinned to the Taskbar and can use it like anything else you would have pinned there.

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It will let you pin it to the Start menu as well.

8-pin

Hopefully this geeky trick will come in handy for someone who wants easier access to their Windows Updates.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/28/09

Comments (6)

  1. Kalle

    Hello!

    Does this work on Vista also?

  2. jason

    Dragging Windows Update to the start button and releasing also works.

  3. Jon

    Is there a need for this? You should get a notice in your system tray whenever updates are needed. Windows Update is something you sort of configure one time and then forgat about until you get the notices in your system tray.

    Install Windows Security Essentials and you will never get another update notice for Windows Defender.

  4. Xelkos

    Unfortunately when I go to rename the target from “C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /c wuapp.exe” it automatically reverts back to “cmd /c wuapp.exe” when pressing either the Appy or OK buttons.

    Cannot pin to the Taskbar.

  5. Mark

    Thanks again, Geek!

  6. Alex

    Probably just easier to left-click (and hold down) on the “Windows Update” icon in the start menu, drag it down to the “Back” arrow, and then up to the top of the list where the Pinned programs are.

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