Windows® XP Updates
How to use Automatic Updates on Windows XP and how to update the OS manually?
The Windows XP updates help to make the operating system work smoothly and efficiently. Updating your system with new antivirus software and other tools protects your system and avoids hitches, especially when there are new viruses waiting to attack your computer every day. In the case of Windows XP, Microsoft releases an update every year to keep the operating system at par with the new versions. These updates, referred to as Service Packs, provide the operating system’s users with new advanced drivers, tools, security updates, patches, and even customer-requested product changes.
While using updates, keep in mind the following points:
- Automatic Updates for Windows XP
- How to manually update Windows XP
- How to undo a Windows XP updates
Automatic Updates for Windows XP
Automatic updates for Windows XP help you in keeping the OS up to date with the new advanced software releases from Microsoft. Most importantly, these updates contain critical updates which give your computer better protection. To turn on the ‘Automatic Updates’ option, click ‘Start’ on your computer, go to ‘Control Panel’, then ‘Security Center’, and then click ‘Automatic Updates’. Choose ‘Settings’ and then click ‘OK’. Once this is done, you will keep receiving new updates for Windows XP.
How to manually update Windows XP
If the ‘Automatic Updates’ option is not on and you want to take a look at it first and then choose the updates that you want for your operating system, then you need to do it manually. Also, make sure to only use Internet Explorer, as using other browsers might create errors. First, in the Internet Explorer window that opens, go to ‘Tools’, then click the ‘Windows Update’, and then click ‘Use Administrator Options’. Then, search for the Windows Update catalog and install ActiveX control. Add whichever update you wish to install to your basket and then download. Double-click on all the downloaded files to install the software. Finally, restart your computer to use these updates.
Sometimes, you might have to undo an update that might be creating problems on your computer. The procedure is simple and quick. If you are unable to switch on the computer because of the update crashing it, restart it in the ‘Safe’ mode by holding the ‘F8’ key during the start-up. Go to ‘Control Panel’, and from the drop-down list double-click ‘Add/Remove Programs’. From there, choose the ‘Change or Remove Programs’ tab, which will give you a list of updates active on your computer. Remove the update giving problems by following the on-screen instructions and then reboot the system.