Where are Windows 8 Update Notifications ?

Windows 7 users who have upgraded to Windows 8, may find their Windows 8 Update notification icon missing. Users of Windows 7  and earlier have been used to seeing the Windows Update notification in the taskbar, informing them that Windows Updates for their computer were available and ready to be installed.


Windows 8 Update notification icon missing

Windows 8 users who may have set their 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 them” may end up waiting in vain endlessly for the Windows Update icon to appear in their Notification Area. It will not!

Windows Update notifications in Windows 8 are only displayed only on the logon screen and not the desktop. You will now see a small line in the bottom right corner of the logon screen.


The reason of removing the earlier desktop notification icon and introducing this logon notification feature, says Microsoft, is users’ feedback.

In Windows 7, 89.30% 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’. In shorts, 90% of the total user base to automatically install updates without showing any notifications or asking for confirmation.

So in case you have set your computer to logon automatically / not see the logon screen, you will miss seeing this important notification.

Windows (8) Update Notifier

Windows (8) Update Notifier is a free software that informs Windows 8 about available updates via a pop-up and enables users open the Windows Update dialog directly by clicking on the pop-up. The application only appears as an icon in the notification area, so it will not interfere with your work.

It is a portable tool, so no installation is required. It checks for available updates regularly and informs you if any are available.


If you wish you can also check for updates manually and access the Windows Updates panel from its right-click menu easily.


If you do decide to use it, you will probably want it to start with your Windows 8. To do so, add 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\Window s\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

And for all users is:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

I installed it on my Windows 8 and it worked just fine! However, even if you have chosen to hide some updates via the Windows Update Control Panel applet, it will continue to show them as available.

You can download Windows (8) Update Notifier from here.

Hope this helps!

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