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When you are on a webpage, you can press the F5 key and the page will update.

When you have the Windows Update program open, you have to click on Check for updates to make Windows check for updates.

Is there a key, or combination of keys, I can press while in Windows Update that will make it check for updates without me having to click the Check for updates link?

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  • To improve your question show some research effort by editing your question to include what have you researched or tried already. – CharlieRB Sep 4 '14 at 18:31
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    I take it just hitting enter doesn't work, or tab until the check for updates is selected and then enter? – Bob Vale Sep 4 '14 at 18:49
  • @BobVale Tab and Enter does work but I have to hit tab 6 times to get the correct selection to press enter. I didn't know if there was just one key I could press instead. – An Dorfer Sep 4 '14 at 18:52
  • I'm sat on windows 8 at the moment so can't look, I take it alt doesn't underline a letter on the button telling you which key to press. ie pressing alt underlines u telling you that alt + u will press the button – Bob Vale Sep 4 '14 at 18:54
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    Also you could manually run wuauclt /detectnow to force an update check in the background? – Bob Vale Sep 4 '14 at 18:58
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Please refer here, Its Batch programming. Which means you would just need to run the .BAT file and it would do as you wished. If you want it bound to a key you can use this and bind the .BAT file to a shift+U or what ever you want combo. That first link however will show you how to make it run at startup. Which i think is better than smashing a button.

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