Update software, apps and drivers on your Samsung laptop or notebook

Last Update date : Jun 12. 2021
Update software, apps and drivers on your Samsung laptop or notebook

Software updates are a vital part of keeping your laptop or notebook running its best. It's important to periodically check for updates since they are released at different intervals. To make things easier, your Samsung laptop or notebook allows you to quickly check and apply updates. You can even customize the update options, so they'll only happen at times that are convenient for you.

Note: Information provided applies to devices sold in Canada. Available screens and settings may vary for laptops and notebooks sold in other countries.

Use Samsung Update

Note: Samsung Update is not available on the Galaxy Book S. If you want to update this device, use Windows Update instead.

Samsung Update is usually preinstalled on Samsung laptop or notebook, but you can download it from the Microsoft Store if you don't see it.

Samsung Update allows you to download updates and drivers for your Samsung software. Select Start, and then scroll to and select Samsung Update. Enter your laptop or notebook's model number in the Search bar at the top right, and then choose the appropriate software version. Select your desired drivers or installation files, and then click Download. The updates will automatically install.

Use Samsung Update

If you aren't sure about your laptop or notebook's model number, click How to find your device model name, and then follow the instructions.

Use Windows Updates

You do not have to fire up your browser to check for updates; you can look for them right from your Start menu. Click the Start icon, and then click Settings. Click Update & Security, and then click Check for updates. If Windows finds updates, they will download and install automatically.

Use Windows Updates

There are other update options available in this menu. For example, if you don't want to perform an update right now, you can pause updates for 7 days. Here are the available update settings:

  • Pause updates for 7 days: Prevent any updates from automatically installing for a week.
  • Change active hours: Set the time you are using your laptop or notebook, so it will not automatically restart. You can even automatically adjust the active hours based on your activity.
  • View update history: See which updates were made and when. Here you can uninstall updates and also access the recovery mode.
  • Advanced options: Receive updates for other Microsoft products, change restart options, and more.
Uninstall updates

There are times when an update can cause more harm than good. If needed, you can uninstall a recent update to make things go back to the way they were.

Uninstall updates

Click the Start icon, and then click Settings. Click Update & Security, and then click View update history. Click Uninstall updates, and then right-click your desired update. Click Uninstall, and then click Yes to confirm. Wait for the update to be removed; during this process, your laptop or notebook may restart.

Update device drivers

Updating device drivers can be done through either Samsung Update or Windows Update. Windows Update may mark these updates as optional. These drivers are needed to run system apps and connect devices.

Depending on what device you are connecting, you can get drivers for Samsung devices from our Support Center. If drivers are not available for the device, then the drivers available from Samsung Update and Windows Update are sufficient. Devices or components made by manufacturers other than Samsung may offer drivers directly from their site. See Microsoft's help article for how to install and update drivers.

Update apps

Although you can update Samsung apps using Samsung Update, to update all the apps on your laptop or notebook, open the Microsoft Store (open the Start menu and type store, then click on Microsoft store to open it).

In the top right, if some apps are already available for update, you may see a download icon and the number of apps awaiting download. Otherwise, click the three dots and then Downloads and updates. Once here, you can use the Get updates button to check all your apps for updates, and the Update all button to download all updates that are already detected as available. Or you can pick and choose which ones to download. Finally, you can click the three dots again and select Settings to enable the setting to Update apps automatically (which should be on by default).

If the Microsoft store app itself is one of the apps being updated, the store will close as the update is performed. Reopen the Microsoft store app and check again for updates if this happens. It is also good to check for app updates after updating to a new version of Windows 10 from Windows update.

It is also possible to install desktop apps that are not found in the Microsoft store. These apps are completely maintained by their developers and you should use any update tools the app offers or check with the app developer's website to find information on when and how to update it.

Note: If you no longer have use for an app and want to uninstall it, read our guide.

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