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Update Windows OS

Introduction

How to update your Windows OS and keep it up-to-date.

Instructions

Instructions: 

Use Windows Update to keep your Windows computer up-to-date with all the latest security patches, bug fixes, and software updates from Microsoft. It is crucial that you keep your operating system current to protect your computer, data and the Amherst network from malware and attacks.

If you do not have automatic updates set, first you have to go to the Windows Update website and download and install all outstanding critical updates. Then, it is crucial that you set up Windows Update to automatically check for and prompt you to install updates. Make sure to install updates when prompted to do so as they are critical for computer security.


Use Windows Update XP

  1. If you do not have automatic updates set, open Internet Explorer. Windows Update ONLY works with Internet Explorer; it won't work with other browsers such as Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Windows Update. Windows will check to see whether you have the latest version of the Windows Update software on your computer.
  3. If you don't receive a message about needing to update to the latest version of Windows Update, go to step 4.
    If you are prompted to install a new version of the Windows Update software, follow the prompts and install the new version. If asked to validate your copy of Windows, do so. You may also receive a warning about installing the software; click OK to any warnings.
  4. Once you have the latest version of the Windows Update software installed on your computer click on the Express button.
  5. Windows Update will now check to see which updates you need to install on your computer. If you get a notice regarding the Windows Genuine Advantage tool, go ahead and install it.
  6. Eventually Windows Update will display a list of the high-priority updates that have not been installed on your computer. Click the Install Updates button to continue with the installation.
  7. If you receive a warning that you’ve selected one or more updates that must be installed separately from the others, click OK or Continue. Accept any licensing agreements to complete the downloading and installation of your selected update(s). If prompted, reboot your computer when the installation process is completed.
  8. Repeat steps 1 through 6 until there are no more high-priority updates left for you to install.

Keep Up-to-Date with Automatic Updates XP

After fully updating your computer you should set Windows Update to automatically check for and install new critical updates.

  1. Click Start, Control Panel, and select Automatic Updates.
  2. Select "Download Updates for me, but let me choose when to install them" and click OK.
  3. In the future your computer will check for critical updates in the background and, if any are available, download them automatically to your computer. It will then prompt you to install them by displaying this icon in the system tray: Autoupdate system tray icon.. Because many updates require a reboot, this prompt gives you the chance to close any applications you have running before you begin installing the updates.
  4. You can also shut down your computer and install any updates in waiting at the same time by clicking Start, then the power button. You should see a "Shut down and install updates" option. Select it and continue shutting down your computer.

Use Windows Update Vista and Windows 7

Unlike previous version of Windows, in Vista and Windows 7, Windows Update is a seperate application, not something you access through Internet Explorer. This makes it far more integrated into your operating system and ultimately easier to use.

  1. Click the Windows button, then All Programs, then Windows Update.
  2. Windows Update will display any updates available to you, simply click Install Updates to do the deed.
  3. If you don't see any updates at first, click Check for Updates on the left side of the window. Then just repeat step 2 if anything appears.
  4. Reboot your computer if prompted.

Keep Up-to-Date Automatic Updates Vista and Windows 7

  1. Click the Windows button, then All Programs, then Windows Update.
  2. Click Change Settings on the left-side of the application window.
  3. Select "Download Updates for me, but let me choose when to install them" and click OK.
  4. In the future your computer will check for critical updates in the background and, if any are available, download them automatically to your computer. It will then prompt you to install them by displaying this icon in the system tray: Autoupdate system tray icon.. Because many updates require a reboot, this prompt gives you the chance to close any applications you have running before you begin installing the updates.
  5. You can also shut down your computer and install any updates in waiting at the same time by clicking the Windows button, and then the power button. You should see a "Shut down and install updates" option. Select it and continue shutting down your computer.

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