Windows Update

About Windows Updates

Windows Updates are small downloads created by Microsoft to repair flaws in the Windows software. These updates help to protect against known security threats. Microsoft releases security-related updates the second Tuesday of every month. If there is a security threat, such as a widespread virus or worm that affects Windows computers, Microsoft will release a security update to fix the problem as soon as it is available.

You can install Windows Updates by visiting the Windows Update website, or by setting your computer to automatically download and install the updates. The difference is that automatic updates install only the critical updates for your computer, while visiting the Windows Update website allows you to install optional updates.

Instructions

Here’s how you can bring your computer up to date now.
You can also use these instructions to keep up with the latest non-critical updates:

Windows XP

  1. Go to the Windows Update Web site at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.
  2. On the Windows Update site, click Express.
  3. You may be asked to validate that the version of Windows you are running is valid. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete those steps.
  4. Windows Update will scan your computer and give you a list of critical updates and service packs that your computer needs to stay secure.
  5. Select the updates to install, including any service packs and the critical updates pre-selected for you, and then click Install Updates. You may need to restart your computer after installing the updates.

 

Windows Vista

  1. Go to the start menu.
  2. In the search box type windows update and hit enter.
  3. Click check for updates on the left.
  4. If you would like to view all available updates click the link below the button to select any others you want. If you only want the important updates press the install updates button since those are automatically selected. You may need to restart your computer after installing the updates.

 

Windows 7

  1. Go to the start menu.
  2. In the search box type windows update and hit enter.
  3. Click check for updates on the left-side menu
  4. If you would like to see any recent updates Windows has automatically installed, click View Update History You may need to restart your computer after installing the updates.

 

NOTE: Be sure to go back to Windows Update after rebooting to check for any additional updates. You may need to do this several times.