Alternatively, you can manually download and install these updates.
Disconnect the USB cable from your Kindle and your computer. Start the software update: On the Home screen, press Menu, then Settings.
That includes the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite. If you missed the March 22 yesterday's deadline for a software update, it may have stopped working properly.
Amazon recently issued what it calls a "critical update" for Kindle e-readers.
On the Settings screen you will see the Kindle version at the bottom of the screen.
If you have the latest update, it should look like this: If you see an earlier version, please proceed with the steps below to update your Kindle to the latest software. Download your softwareepending on your current software update version, you may have to install a previous software update before installing 4.1.1.