Find missing Update Notification icon in Windows 8

If you are the one among them who has upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8, then you may have found that Windows 8 Update notification icon is missing from the new OS. Previously, Windows 7 users would get notified upon the availability of the latest updates in the taskbar and can be installed readily. If you don’t get notification on your Windows 8 computer, here is the tutorial how you can fix the problem.

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Windows 8 Update notification icon missing

If you have set the settings of Windows Update to Download updates but let me choose whether to install them or Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install then you would never see the Windows Update icon in the Notification Area.

In Windows 8, the Windows Update notifications are only displayed on the logon screen rather on the desktop. You can see a small line at the bottom right corner of the Windows 8 logon screen.

Microsoft has introduced the desktop notification icon in logon screen rather than the desktop unlike the earlier version of Windows OS. These changes were brought out after user’s feedback. In a survey, 7, 89.30% users have set their Windows to Automatically install updates, 2.38% to Notify me before install, 3.44% to Notify me before download and 4.88% to Never check for updates. It can be concluded that 90% of the total user prefer installing updates automatically without showing any notifications or asking for confirmation.

If you have set your computer to logon automatically bypassing the logon screen, then you wouldn’t be able to see any important notification.

Windows (8) Update Notifier

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Windows (8) Update Notifier is a free portable utility program that informs the Windows 8 regarding availability of latest updates via a pop-up and along with this it also enables users to open Windows Update dialog directly by clicking on the pop-up. The app appears as an icon in the system notification area, so it won’t interfere with your work.
Since, it is portable tool, doesn’t require any installation. It frequently checks for the updates availability and notifies you with a popup if any latest updates are available.

You can check for Windows updates manually from the Windows Updates panel. To do so, follow the steps given below.

  • Restart your Windows 8 computer
  • Create a shortcut of the WindowsUpdateNotifier.exe file into the Startup folder.
  • The path of the startup folder for current user is:
    C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • And for all users is:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

From there you can get all the latest updates for your Windows 8 Computer easily, if available.
Upon following the steps described above you can now easily get notified upon getting latest updates for Windows 8.

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