Microsoft® Automatic Updates
Microsoft® Windows Update is a service provided by Microsoft® that download and install updates for Microsoft® Windows Operating system and its components. It is an optional feature which can be disabled or enabled to access Microsoft® updates. The update not only provides updates for the operating system but also for Internet Explorer®, Microsoft® Office, Windows Live™ applications and Microsoft Expression®.
The newer version of Windows such as Microsoft® Windows Vista, Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 provide option in control panel to configure the update setting and check for updates. However, for earlier versions of Windows® such as Windows® 2000 and Windows® XP you need to download the updates from Windows Update website. In this article we will discuss how to configure and use Microsoft® Automatic Updates for Windows® XP.
You can either choose to turn on or turn off the Automatic Updates from Microsoft®. To turn on Automatic Updates, follow the given steps –
STEP 1: Click Start and Run. Type sysdm.cpl and then press the Enter key.
STEP 2: Click on Automatic Updates tab. You can select one of the following options
Automatic (recommended) Automatically download recommended updates for my computer and install them
We will suggest you to select this option. When you select this option you are giving the power to Windows® to use your Internet connection to find all the available updates on Windows® Update Website. The download process runs in the background and you can see the status of the download by clicking the icon in the notification area. Once the download is completed you receive a message in the notification and review the updates that are scheduled for installation.
You can schedule automatic updates anytime you want. Make sure that your PC is switched on for the time when you have scheduled the updates. You can also choose to install the updates immediately. You can do so by clicking on Install.
Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them
It will work in the similar way as the first option. But here the computer will not install updates rather it will provide you a notification once the download is completed.
When you want to install the update click Install to install the update. If you do not want to install a given update, click on Details and then click to clear the check box next to the update to decline its installation.
Notify me but don't automatically download or install them
If you select this option, Windows® will get the power to use your Internet connection and search for downloads from the Windows® Update Website. An automatic updates icon and message will appear in the taskbar which will inform you when new updates are available to download and install.
If you do not want to download any update, click to clear the checkbox to decline that update. Click on Start Download to download the selected updates.
Once the update is completed, it will show notification saying that updates are ready to install. Click Install to install the updates.
STEP 3: Click OK.
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