How To Pin Windows Update to the Taskbar in Windows 7

By Brian Burgess on October 28th, 2009

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.

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

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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

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

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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.

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

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 10/28/09
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