When update downloads are in process, system resources are obviously being used. It would be nice to know the Windows Updates downloads have started. On Windows 7 sometimes the users see a Windows Update icon and the rollover message lets them know downloads are in progress; oddly that doesn't always happen. On Windows 8 no icons seem readily available; on any of the recent Windows OS's is there a place to force update download notification?.

Is this just thought to be something everyone wants in the background and not to be informed about? A lot of users want to be notified on the desktop/taskbar to know when such a background process is engaged.

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    Windows 8 users the same icon as Windows 7. Do you have your system tray hiding certain system icons? The Windows update icon can be "turned off". Aug 14, 2015 at 20:49
  • When I look in Notification Area Icons I don't see an entry for Windows Update, nor when I check the Windows Update applet. So I guess no, I don't have it turned off, but only because it's not visible to turn off. Odd?
    – Alan
    Aug 19, 2015 at 21:35


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