Generally, Lenovo system updates are installed automatically as they become available, but if you are experiencing issues with your Lenovo laptop (such as connecting to a VPN) it can often help to check for and install updates manually.  

Lenovo system updates can include firmware changes.  Since it is critical that firmware updates not be interrupted, you should always plug your laptop into AC power before initiating the update process. 

1) Plug your laptop's power cord into an AC outlet. 

2) Before running the Lenovo system updates, install any pending Windows updates:

  • Click the Windows Start button in the lower left corner of your screen, and then click the Settings (gear) icon.
  • Select "Update & Security" on the Windows Settings screen.
  • If there are any pending updates, scroll to the bottom of the list, and click the "Install Now" button.  Otherwise, click the "Check for updates" button, and download and install any available updates. 
  • You may be required to restart your computer to complete the update process.  Scroll to the bottom of the list, and click the "Restart now" button.
  • After a restart, return to "Update and Security" and check again until all available updates have been installed.

After all Windows updates have completed, you can proceed to run Lenovo System Updates: 

3)  Click the Windows Start button in the lower left corner of your screen and type "system update".  This search will display a link to the Lenovo System Update application as shown below.  

4) Click the Open link on the right panel to open the application.

5) On the Lenovo System Update welcome screen, click the "Next" button in the lower right corner.

6) The application will search for, download, process, and then display the available updates that you can choose to install.

7) You should choose all critical and recommended updates by clicking the "Select all" checkbox on both the Critical Updates and the Recommended Updates tabs, as shown in the image below.  Then click the Next button.

8) To start the installation of the selected updates, click the "Download" button on the next screen, as shown in the image below.

You may be prompted to restart your computer after the installations are completed.  

If your screens are not the same as they appear in these instructions, or if you have any questions about how to run the Lenovo System Update application, please contact the SPIA Help Desk.