Install Updates on a Cloud Server with Windows 2016

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One of the first and most important tasks to perform on a new Windows 2016 is to search for and install any necessary system updates. System updates are released often, and even a brand-new server will most likely have one or more updates ready to be installed. These updates can improve the performance of your server, patch security flaws, add extra functionality, and more.


  • A Cloud Server running Windows 2016.
  • The root password and IP address or domain name for the server. To find this information, log into the 1&1 Cloud Panel and select the server on the Servers section.
  • The instructions in this tutorial are designed for a Windows 10 desktop. The specific instructions for other Windows versions may vary slightly.

For step-by-step instructions on how to connect using Remote Desktop, see the article Use Remote Desktop to Log in to a Cloud Server Running Windows 2016.

Check For Updates

Log in to the server with Remote Desktop.

  • Click on the Start button.
  • Click the Settings (gear) icon.
  • Go to Update & security.
  • Click Check for updates.

Windows will check for updates, and will install any available updates.

Schedule Automatic Updates

We recommend you set up automatic updates, in order to best protect your server and its data.

Some updates require the server be restarted in order to complete the installation process. The server will be briefly unavailable while it is being restarted. Due to the potential for a disruption in service, we recommend that you configure the server's active hours, so that a potential restart will have minimal impact on your users.

  • Go to Start > Settings > Update & security, as described in the previous section.
  • Click Change active hours.

Set the active hours as appropriate for your server.

For example, you may want to set the Start time to 8AM, and the End time to 5PM. This will configure Windows Update to only restart your server outside of the active hours (i.e. any time after 5PM but before 8AM).

When you have set the start and end times, click Save to save the changes.