Updating Windows® XP
Update your Windows® XP operating system with confidence
Windows® Update is a service provided by Microsoft® that offers updates for the Windows® operating system and its installed components, including the Internet Explorer® browser. An optional feature disables access to Windows® Update, while an expanded version of the service provides updates for the operating system, Internet Explorer®, and other Microsoft® software running in Windows®, such as Microsoft® Office and Windows Live® applications. Windows® XP operating system frequently receives updates from Microsoft® to enhance its features or fix security problems. Since most of these updates are essential, Windows® XP by default is installed with its automatic updates utility activated. This utility will download and install any updates from Microsoft® automatically when they become available.
The following points shed more light on the nature of the updates for Windows® XP:
- Issues with updating Windows® XP
- Troubleshooting failed updates
- Configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows® XP
Issues with updating Windows® XP
When you use Windows® Update, Microsoft® Update, or Windows® Server Update Services (WSUS) to install updates, you may experience that the offered update for a product is not downloaded or installed on your computer. You are repeatedly offered an update, even if you have already installed this update multiple times. Sometimes, a particular update can fail to install or scanning for updates stops at 0%.
Troubleshooting failed updates
To troubleshoot a failed update, click ‘Start’, click ‘All Programs’, and then click ‘Windows Update’ or ‘Microsoft Update’. On the Windows® Update website or on the Microsoft® Update website, click ‘Review your update history’. A window opens that shows all the updates that have been installed or that have failed to install on the computer. In the ‘Status’ column of this window, locate the update that failed to install, and then click the red X. Copy the installation error code that appears in the new window and search for the installation error code in the Windows® Update Troubleshooter or in the Microsoft® Knowledge Base. If you could not resolve your problems, you can seek the tech support services from iYogi.
You can configure the automatic updates feature in Windows® XP to notify you when important updates are available for your PC. You can also specify the schedule that Windows® follows to install updates on your system. When configured, Windows® notifies you of available updates by displaying an icon and message in the notification area of your taskbar. If you do not want to download or install the update immediately, click the ‘Automatic Updates’ icon or message in the notification area of your taskbar, and then click ‘Remind Me Later’ in the ‘Automatic Updates’ dialog box. Also, in the ‘Reminder’ dialog box, you can specify the time that Windows® should wait before reminding you.