How can I create file shortcut (.lnk) to Windows Update?

On Windows 7, I could just drag and drop the icon from the address bar, but Microsoft removed this feature on Windows 10.

My intention is to then move it to Start10, and if that doesn't work, then into a folder on the desktop which contains some administrative tasks.



  1. Right click on Desktop > Choose New > Shortcut.


  1. There will be a dialog box "What item would you like to create a shortcut for?" Type the following command in the location box.
control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate


  1. Enter the name of the shortcut file. Shortcut will be placed in Desktop.

Source: LifeWire: Command Line Commands for Control Panel Applets

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  • Accepted answer because it is also compatible with Windows 7 – Daniel F Oct 31 '19 at 13:27
  • Downvoters, please clarify the cause to downvote. It will help me to understand my mistake (if any). – Biswapriyo Oct 31 '19 at 19:40
  • I did not downvote anyone here. What I did was I accepted your answer, then removed the accept, then re-added it. Maybe that also showed you some negative points because of the removal? But if I had a criticism to make with your answer, then it would be the borderless images; so much confusing white space; yet to me this is no reason for downvoting whatsoever. – Daniel F Oct 31 '19 at 20:31
  • I can't speak for the person who downvoted your answer, but it is notable that the OP emphasized that this is the "Accepted answer because it is also compatible with Windows 7" although that was not one of the criteria in the original question (nor was Windows 7 one of the tags, either). Just something to consider. – Run5k Nov 1 '19 at 0:25

Create a shortcut to ms-settings:windowsupdate

There's a complete list of all the Settings URIs here: ms-settings: URI scheme reference

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  • Thanks for the link to the docs. This would have been my preferred answer, if Biswapriyo's answer wouldn't also be compatible with Windows 7. – Daniel F Oct 31 '19 at 13:28
  • I beautified the url in this answer. However, this URI scheme functionality varies based on the Windows SKU and/or version, but the page itself specifies any specific limitations. – Ramhound Oct 31 '19 at 14:19
  1. Right-click > New > Shortcut
  2. Location: ms-settings:windowsupdate > Next
  3. Name: Windows Update > Finish
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