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Windows Update Tutorial

welcome to

Overview What
is Windows Update?
About Windows Update
Windows Update is the online extension of Windows that helps you to keep your
computer uptodate.
Use Windows Update to choose updates for your computer’s
operating system, software, and hardware. New content is added to the site regularly, so
you can always get the most recent updates and fixes to protect your computer and keep it
running smoothly.

· Critical Updates – Security fixes and other important updates to keep your
computers current and your network secure.
· Windows Service Packs A
compilation of necessary updates and patches.
Typically when these patches and updates get to be numerous or large in size,
Microsoft will bundle them to be installed all at once in a service pack. These
include both critical updates and patches as well as driver and other recommended
· Recommended Downloads – The latest Windows and Internet Explorer service
packs and other important updates.
· Additional Windows Downloads – Updates for your desktop settings and other
Windows features.
How do I know if I need an update?
Windows Update scans your computer and provides you with a tailored selection of
updates that apply only to the items on your computer. During the scan, a list of
categories appears under Welcome to Windows Update and the number of updates that
are available in each category is noted in parentheses.

Critical Updates are important!
Any update that is critical to the operation of your computer is considered a "Critical
Update," and is automatically selected for installation during the scan for available
updates. These updates are provided to help resolve known issues, and to protect your
computer from known security vulnerabilities. Whether a critical update applies to your
operating system, software programs, or hardware, it is listed in the "Critical Updates"
Configuring Windows Update
Step 1:
· WinXP: Right click on "My Computer" (On Desktop) and select "Properties" or
go to "Start" and right click on "My Computer" and select properties. (The
following window will appear)

Step 1(cont..):
· Win2000: Go to "Start" > "Settings" > "Control Panel" and select "Automatic
Updates". (The following window will appear)
Step 2: Click on the "Automatic Updates" tab. Check the box that says "Keep my
computer up to date..." . Then
Select "Automatically download the updates and install them on the schedule that I
specify" radio button.
Set Schedule to "Every Day" at "3:00am" (Default) or another time of your choice.
(Remember that your computer must be on to receive Automatic Updates)

Click "OK" to save your settings. (Your settings should look similar to the above picture)
Your computer has now been configured for Automatic Updates.

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